Featured Writer Claudia Serea

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Gather Ye Rosebuds by John William Waterhouse

Pink and purple pansies

and petunias bloom
in the florist window

where two sisters
named Hope and Death
braid today’s wreath.

Death takes a break
and goes out to smoke
by the skyline.

Hope finishes the wreath
and hangs it outside
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About the writer:
Claudia Serea’s poems have appeared in Field, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She has published five poetry collections, most recently TwoXism, a collaboration with photographer Maria Haro (8th House Publishing, 2018). Serea co-hosts The Williams Readings in Rutherford, NJ, and she is a founding editor of National Translation Month.

Image: Gather Ye Rosebuds by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917). Oil on canvas. 39.7 x 32.4 inches. 1909. Public domain.