Black Petals Issue #98 Winter, 2022

S. Wiseman-Rose: The World

Editor's Page
Artists' Page
BP Guidelines
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
Worm Food-Fiction by Michael Dority
Bells in the Woods-Fiction by Richard Brown
The Smiling Dead-Fiction by Guido Eekhaut
Beneath-Fiction by Samantha Brooke
The Reality Engine-Fiction by M.T. Johnson
Bug-Fiction by David Starobin
The Family Upstairs-Fiction by Ally Schwam
Hoola-Fiction by Lamont A. Turner
The Barber Shop-Fiction by Roy Dorman
On the Corner of 15th and Jackson-Fiction by Kat Vatne
Prisoners-Fiction by Paul Lee
Twinkles-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Party-Time Trio-Flash Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Shadowed Soul-Flash Fiction by Jess Boaden
5G Generation-Poem by Joseph Danoski
Creature of Habit-Poem by Joseph Danoski
Joe Schmoe & Jayne Doe-Poem by Joseph Danoski
The World-Poem by S. Wiseman-Rose
Exquisite Corpse-Villanelle-Poem by S. Wiseman-Rose
Edwardian-Poem by S. Wiseman-Rose
Bloody Fingers-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Pathway Down-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Another Red Nightmare-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
The Avenue of Pines (Re-visited)-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Lover's Meadow-Poem by Brielle Amick
Scarecrow in Female-Poem by Meg Smith
Regards to Buzzards-Poem by Meg Smith
Failed Conjuring-Poem by Meg Smith
Missing Among Wildflowers-Poem by Meg Smith
Lords of Extinction-Poem by Meg Smith

The World

S. Wiseman-Rose


The world’s too fast

And so am I

The flower blooms

We shine, we die

We choose a truth or choose to lie

And make prosperity laugh or cry


The world’s too rough

But I don’t show it

Time speeds up

Of course, I know it

Since I am powerless to slow it

I drop my fears and just flow with it


The world’s so sad

Dark hearts transmitter

What doesn’t kill you

Makes you bitter

We’re coins on the floor of a closed arcade

Just waiting to join the Saints parade


The world holds joy

I can attest

Fear is punishment

Take your rest

The ravenous wolves at the door have guessed

Forgive them all and call them blessed

Sophia Wiseman-Rose was born in the USA, to a literary and musical family, and spent most of her life in the UK. She has studied medicine and the arts and is a mother of 4 grown, beautiful, children. She is currently a Paramedic, an Episcopal Nun and a poet. 

She has written for online blog On Holy Ground and Kings Poetry Society, Kings College London.

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