Life Cycle of a Rose

House of Heart

On a thorny stalk

wrapped in veiny leaves,

burdened with viscous dew,

for the love of light her

corolla lifts upright

a broad faced still life

anchored to the earth.

She tracks the sun across

an unpredictable sky.

At dusk she combs the air

with sweetness retreating

at twilight into

pearly pools of the moon.


From the garden

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