A Rose in the Briar Patch
by Dan Tharp
Published by Poetic Matrix Books
Dan began writing poetry in 1982 at the age of 18, mainly as a means of expressing
his pent up emotions. Although many of those poems were never seen, they served
as a form of therapy for a young man feeling his way through life. Regretfully,
most of them are now gone. Having entered a religious period in his life, Dan discarded
all but a couple of those poems. He did continue to write poetry, though of a religious
nature... It wasn't until the early nineties that he hit a wall and the poetry all
but stopped. The inspiration was gone.
It wasn't until the spring of 2001 that Dan began actively writing again. He has
been writing ever since and is grateful that the inspiration continues to visit.
In A Rose in the Briar Patch, Dan Tharp blends the two historical tendencies
of romance, love and a broken heart. But why should we again enter this ageless
dance? Because indeed it is our dance and we will dance it again and again. This
heart, the romantic heart, forgets. It must forget just so we can once again get
lost, dance and yes, feel.
From A Rose in the Briar Patch:
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All I've Come to Know of Me
Vast in the knowledge of myself...
do I see as I am seen,
hear as I am heard,
speak as I am spoken of?
And were someone
to write my life...
would I lend the flavor
of the poet to the palate of the reader
who rolls my words around —
the contours of her tongue?
Would I elicit latent fervency for
the few who peruse my words;
symbolize the sanctification of
my allegorical verse?
I'm well acquainted
with my shallows;
less accustomed to my depths
and I fear I know quite little of
the me I represent!
And yet if you look close enough
you'll see within my words
all I've come to know of me,
exposed within my verse.
For lack of a plan;
lack of a scheme —