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Gather Ye Rosebuds
Dorothy K. Fletcher



fill your aprons
with the goodbyes

of lovers
and babies

and lives
put them

into your cookies
and sewing baskets

roll them out
in your pies

knead them
into your loaves

you never know

when you’ll miss
that one farewell

you never saw

From Zen Fishing and Other Southern Pleasures (Ocean Publishing, 2005)
Used with the author's permission.

To Anne "Dobie" Michael

Dorothy K. Fletcher retired in 2007 after 35 years of teaching English in Jacksonville, Florida. Her poetry and articles have appeared in more than eighty publications, and she is the author of four published books. Dorothy resides with her husband, Hardy, in Jacksonville, where they are close to their children and grandchildren. She spends her days working on her monthly column, "By the Wayside," which she writes for The Florida Times Union. Learn more about Dorothy at

Post New Comment:
This is beautiful and too true.... Judy
Posted 11/30/2010 02:46 PM
Joe Sottile:
This poem is both haunting and lovely! I must admit that the foreword written my Jayne for Zen Fishing and Other Sea Pleasures is one of the most beautiful pieces of prose about poetry that I have ever read!
Posted 11/30/2010 11:11 AM
Love it
Posted 11/30/2010 10:21 AM

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