Fragments of an Overheard Conversation…

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Fragments of an Overheard Conversation Between Two Late-Autumn Roses in a Country Churchyard During the 6th Mass Extinction Event & a Nor’Wester (with a Partially Faded Copy of their Reading Material)

situation

:

falling

(e.g.                        angel wing)

lost petal caught on your thorn

I can’t forget.

…my meristem

What do you want to do for your birthday?

…one last birthday party

Once You Have Chosen a Headstone for the Last of Each Species of Rosa Please Choose from the Following Inscriptions and Symbols:

INSCRIPTIONS:

In Loving Memory Of In Memory Of In Fond Memory Of Fondest Memories Of

Remembering
Remembering With Love

Remembrance
Remembrance Of
In Remembrance Of
In Fond Remembrance Of
In Affectionate Remembrance Of

Everlasting Memories Of
To The Everlasting Memory Of
To The Memory Of
In Ever Loving Memory Of

Cherished Memories Of
Precious Memories Of
With Precious Memory Of

Treasured Memories Of
In Treasured Memory Of
Treasured and Loving Memories Of
Sacred To The Memory Of

With Love We Remember
With Love We Will Remember
In Eternal Memory Of
Eternal Memories

Loving Memories Last Forever
Our Love For You Goes On

[She/He Did What She Could]

A grateful life
Love never dies
Eternal love
In Death They Are Not Divided

Excerpts from the Song of Songs such as:
Until the Day Break and the Shadows Flee Away
Till the day spring, and shadows be bowed down.

ALL FLESH IS AS GRASS

then name
dates
relationships

SYMBOLS:

Black Rose: a sacrifice—death by one’s own hand to find ____ in the afterlife
Blue Rose: secret or unattainable ____
Forget Me Not: remembrance, nostalgia for ____
Holly: foresight—protects tombs from lightning strikes
Honeysuckle: bonds of ____
Ivy and vines: loyalty and immortality
Lace-weed: protects from flooding and sea-level rise
Mandrake: pull out the screaming root
Marigold: believed to attract souls of the dead
Narcissus: unrequited ____ or else selfishness
Poppy: eternal sleep or peace—especially after a war-related death
Rose bud: loss of a young soul—the grave of a child
Rose: beauty and eternal ____—two roses signify a couple
Shamrock: Eire and luck for a gambler
Snowdrop: hope
Thistle: Scotland and earthly sorrow
Willow (creeping): ____ forsaken
Willow (green): false ____
Witch-hazel: a magic spell
Wormwood: absence, bitter sorrow

ANNEXE

January 12, 2021

Jasmine Gallagher is a poet, essayist, art critic and doctoral candidate at the University of Otago, where she is researching landscape mythology in contemporary New Zealand art and poetry.

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By Jasmine Gallagher

is a poet, essayist, art critic and doctoral candidate at the University of Otago, where she is researching landscape mythology in contemporary New Zealand art and poetry.