Sam Rose, “Blushing”

Sam Rose is a writer from Northamptonshire, England, and the editor of Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine. She is a three-time cancer survivor and a PhD student, researching the role of poetry in psycho-oncology. She has had work published in over fifty venues. Find her at and on Twitter @writersamr.

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The tree at the side of the road
has leaves only on the lowest meter or so
of its trunk, head shaved, its torso bare,
like it had been wearing a dress that
since dropped to its knees
and those remaining leaves flush ruby
as the tree stands, embarrassed,
against a frosted silver sky.





2 thoughts on “Sam Rose, “Blushing”

  1. I really enjoyed reading this poem. It was beautiful in its simplicity, and left me with a clear image of near nakedness: the dress slipping down from the body and the blushing leaves. I am always curious about where ideas come from and the process of developing the idea into a full-fledged poem. This was lovely.


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