Roses and Thorns

“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.”
–  Gertrude Stein (1874 – 1946), U.S. writer


(When on bed of roses we lie
And upon their sweet scent we sigh
Abruptly we hear our own cry
When thorns concealed prick us and pry.)

creases on leaves and lines on petals
a long stem twisted with spiny thorns

blossom buds that win over mortals
but mock the fury of goblin scorns

carved on Roman pillars and portals
kin to Greek rams of crooked horns

thorns and roses of verdant sepals
home to pristine dew on early morns

a rose is not rose without petals
as rose is not a rose without thorns.

rose and thorn
is leaf.

woman and man
is grief.)

– rose is between gee and fee.
– woman is between glee and flee.

(c) 2006 Chito L. Aguilar


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