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Infectious Flower

My once precious flower,
Your fragrance has plateau:
The beetles lurking in the dark,
and crawling with the thrust 
of the wind when it’s light
are mischievous, and they have
no love within their hearts.

Enveloping the essence of
your core, and your once flourishing 
inner beauty; they have uncovered 
your shining passion of lost light,
which was once a beacon of hope,
thus, your once lovable soul—they
now consume!

© Joseph, October 15, 2008
© All Rights Reserved

Joseph S. Spence, Sr., is the author of "The Awakened One Poetics" (2009), which is 
published in seven different languages. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which 
focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He is published in various forums, including the 
World Haiku Association; Poetinis Druskininku, Milwaukee Area College, Phoenix Magazine; 
Möbius Poetry, and Taj Mahal Review to name a few. Joseph is a Goodwill Ambassador for 
the state of Arkansas, USA, a college faculty, and a military veteran.


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  1. Date: 5/29/2010 8:24:00 AM


  1. Date: 5/12/2009 12:33:00 PM

    Wow How could I have missed this one wonderfully done Joseph! Laura :)

  1. Date: 12/29/2008 10:09:00 AM

    Congratulations Joseph on your wonderful poetry being featured this week! Warmest wishes for a safe and happy new year! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 12/29/2008 9:14:00 AM

    Joseph your poetry is always so beautifully written - Congratulations on having your poetry featured this week – I hope the coming year has many blessings in store for you and those you love – God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 12/29/2008 1:15:00 AM

    Congrats on your feature write this week Joseph.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 12/28/2008 6:32:00 PM

    Well done, bugs and all !! Well deserved poem to be featured this week. Hearty congratulations Joseph!!! Carrie

  1. Date: 12/28/2008 4:57:00 PM

    The only beetles I like are the ones (with an A) from England. Congratulations Joseph on "Infectious Flower" being featured. Vince

  1. Date: 11/28/2008 9:16:00 AM

    "lost, vaded, broken, dead within an hour" funny how lifes turns out

  1. Date: 10/29/2008 9:13:00 AM

    thank you love leanne.

  1. Date: 10/23/2008 8:38:00 AM

    very lovely depth :P i loved it :P

  1. Date: 10/19/2008 2:28:00 PM

    Hello Joseph The depth of this poem really touches the core of my imagination with untrique! To me the flower seems to represent a good hearted soul that's been taken advantage of by those who prey upon vulnerablities. Bravo! Ihave read this a couple of times and for some reason can really relate to that flower for we have all been it at one time or another in our lives. Take care Love Light Truth Patricia PS Thanks for your latest comments, Very much appreciated!

  1. Date: 10/19/2008 12:50:00 PM

    ok i can say it, powerful. sad isn't it. John Loving III

  1. Date: 10/18/2008 3:27:00 PM

    Bravo Maestro! great write, Jaime

  1. Date: 10/18/2008 11:08:00 AM

    I'm not sure how I missed this one when it was first posted, however, I'm so glad I caught it! Such a imaginative poem. .. excellent writing. Those darn beetles!! They do consume the beauty...I suppose that is nature's way. Nicely done! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 10/16/2008 3:55:00 PM

    I love the creative flow of this write, and the imagery that is used without the write, truly an elegant write, thanks for your comments, take care D-nyce

  1. Date: 10/16/2008 11:45:00 AM

    Joseph, this one touches the core of the soul. The symbolic imagery of the lovely flower loosing its sweet scent and being consumed by the beetles is truly heartrending indeed... I think that perhaps I'd rather wither and return to the soil to be reborn than to suffer such a fate... Great writing! I thank you for sharing the read. God's Love and Many Blessings, Always, Adell

  1. Date: 10/16/2008 6:50:00 AM

    Love this poem, Joseph! So clever "Your fragrance has plateau"..something level, but unfortuately in it's stability it can't progress. I will miss the flowers when the snow comes to cover them.:( I will miss the tree frogs also.:( Thank you for the comment...the clam is fun to write about..impossible to hate, but difficult to love. This poem is a may feel a kindred alliance to this flower. God bless you and yours, to you..Mikki

  1. Date: 10/16/2008 5:33:00 AM

    I had to read it many times before I could drop a comment! This one's very deep and powerful. As I felt its very nostalgic, maybe a memory of lost love and the future of the beautiful lover. Had a pleasure reading it. Love, Chitra

  1. Date: 10/16/2008 5:24:00 AM

    This does warrent a few reads, and it get's better each time. I'll take a guess...a once loved beauty, whom now has turned dark in some way...just a guess! a beautiful visual, love Kristin

  1. Date: 10/16/2008 5:23:00 AM

    I love your pot of flowers, but not the insects. Like myself, you must believe in flowers as being very much alive and with a certain intelligence. this is what comes through. Great job! Love, daver

  1. Date: 10/16/2008 5:17:00 AM

    I think you are comparing the love of your life to a flower, her beauty, her fragility, her scent . . i think! But well done, its an inspiring piece of poetry!! Thank You for commenting on me - I have no mystery or myth hidden in me, I am what I write, what I say and what you see!! Peace Fathima

  1. Date: 10/15/2008 9:04:00 PM

    is it a downfall of beauty against the nature of evil? or morals gone askew perhaps? This deep poem can have many interpretations indeed. A very cerebral write here Joseph! Thanks for your comment on my write, that was also my favorite line "the great divide.. " that is. I don't know what part of my brain's crypt I drew out those words from hahahaha!!!! Much respect. Olongapoet (I hail from the city of Olongapo in the Phils, thats why the name :o)

  1. Date: 10/15/2008 8:49:00 PM

    Joseph this was a most beautiful and warm piece of poetry, so tender and peaceful. thank you for reading my a wild rose and for your comment.

  1. Date: 10/15/2008 7:02:00 PM

    Yes, I need to read this a few times Joseph. Perhaps a love lost, misguided somehow, or otherwise consumed. A nostalgic remembrance of what once was. A most intriguing and unique write which opens the readers imagination. Hope all is well. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 10/15/2008 5:42:00 PM

    Hi Joseph - As always your poetry is something to be studied by those like me who wish to learn - Very deep poem Joseph - as always the pleasure is all mine - God bless you and your family Joseph - Your friend Michael