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Holly Guran, author of Twilight Chorus (Main Street Rag), River of Bones (Iris Press) and the chapbooks River Tracks and Mothers' Trails, earned a Massachusetts Cultural Council award (2012) and is a member of Jamaica Pond Poets. Her work has appeared in journals including Compassion Anthology, Mom Egg Review, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Borderlands, Santa Fe Literary Review, Worcester Review, and Salamander. Holly resides in Boston with her husband, Phil, and their dog.
Roses of Sharon
By Holly Guran

The biblical lilt of the name enough
to inject the pink and rose blooms with the past. 
My grandfather tending the beds, 
the bees in their hives buzzing near his head.
He wasn’t afraid. And taught me
to relax with the sound. Once he had to 
go with a ladder to the neighbor’s tree. 
Unwelcome strays had to be 
carried home. He wore a white gauzy 
tent over his head, chopped off the limb. 
I don’t know if he was stung, 
but I worried for him. My mother 
always said, with a bee sting take 
a little dirt. Mix it with water. Rub it 
on the spot. What a relief—there 
was a remedy for that.