NK (1981 / Nakuru, Kenya)

Rose

Your beauty and fragrance inspires me,
Your complication intrigues me,
Sometimes you are natural and perpetual;
At others you are hybrid and delightful
Always folded;
Your colourful petals baffle me,
But when you open them;
You blossom gorgeously.

Your range of colour is awe inspiring,
If at peace you’re white or pink,
When cheerful, you rush through tones of yellow,
When inflamed, you’re dark crimson or maroon.
Your slender stems - full of thorns;
Prevent me from feeling you,
All the same your delightful fragrance
Reaches me
Compelling me to linger around you
In anticipation.

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