English Rose

from by Drew Milloy



Last summer, a familiar scent
taunted and teased my nose.
Led on without my mind’s consent,
across the fresh-mown grass, I went
to find my English rose.

I hastened to a trembling brook
where restless water flows.
Impatient now to have a look,
a twisting, awkward path I took
towards my English rose.

I suppose where restless water flows
I’ll find my English rose.

So I’d walk under ancient trees
on which the ivy grows,
to see what no mere mortal sees:
a grace that captivates the bees.
My glowing English rose.

And later, from her swollen hips
(the hungry blackbird knows),
a life-sustaining nectar drips -
rejuvenates these tired lips
that kiss their English rose.

I suppose the hungry blackbird knows
I kissed my English rose.

Then, caught by nature’s cruel spears;
pricked by a thorn, I froze.
Yet, in my place, she volunteers
To slumber for a hundred years.
Sleep tight, my English rose.

This winter, things are not the same.
A lonely wind now blows.
He leads me in a desperate game
by whispering her precious name.
Then, silently,
silently, he goes.


from Philomena EP, released June 1, 2012
Strings: OXUS quartet (Kate Bailey, Louise Graham, Heather Birt, Spike Wilson) www.oxus.org.uk

Vocals and all other instruments: Andrew Milloy


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Drew Milloy Oxfordshire, UK

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Drew Milloy has played bass with Neil Halstead, Sadie & the Hotheads, Band of Hope and others, as well as writing and performing their own songs with Drew & The Invisible Few. Their first EP, 'Philomena', was released in June 2012 as a fundraiser for Sands. ... more

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