She Persists


the celebratory nature
of the garden persists
despite winter’s imposed dormancy

The Other Cabbage Rose


paradox of the purple bloom
petals holding both
snow and sun

Guilelessness


all of beauty’s
every sustenance
in the simple rose

Decay’s Bouquet


stump blooms
a wood rose
flowering of fungi

Still Being With Her Whilst She Is Gone


Jane’s
rose arbor
in the afternoon

My Darling Rose


wild grows
my perennial love
her precious winter bloom

Thorns

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could we meet
in the space
between the thorns

The Hereafter

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the bloom
after the petal bloom
twice born rose

Memory’s Fragrance

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September bloom
slight spice of fall
all the past recalled

Sacred Emily

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petals poised
in perfection
transcended by
her scent sublime

Of Rust and Roses

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the old boxcar
and winter rose in spring
companions in endings