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April is the Coolest Month – Just Poets Favorite Poem for April 12

As part of National Poetry Month, Just Poets members will share their favorite poems along with a brief note about why the poem is their favorite poem. Today’s poem is selected by Martha Treichler.


John Roche

Femme Fatale

Purple loosestrife
You Helen of the wetlands
You loose a thousand ecologists
To do battle with your radiant form
Enraged as they are engaged
By your bewitching eye and royal diadem
They wish to seize you by your svelte stalk
Rip limb from root apply the hot tongs put you to the rack
Force you to confess an alien imposter
Not Nature’s Queen of the Eastern Woodlands
But a Bloody Mary invader
Stake your naked loveliness atop the pyre of shame
But you persist and expand your realm
Conspiring with the sun to ignite the marshes by your art


Just Poets Member Statement:

This is the kind of poem I can read and re-read with pleasure. It expresses its message in beautiful language, has layers of meaning  (Helen of Troy/ loosestrife), wit, and trenchant humor.

– Martha Treichler


“Femme Fatale” appears in On Conesus, which is available by clicking here and scrolling down.



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