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Roses Only
(November 15, 1887 – February 5, 1972 / Kirkwood, Missouri)

Roses Only

You do not seem to realize that beauty is a liability rather
an asset - that in view of the fact that spirit creates form
we are justified in supposing
that you must have brains. For you, a symbol of the
unit, stiff and sharp,
conscious of surpassing by dint of native superiority and
liking for everything
self-dependent, anything an

ambitious civilization might produce: for you, unaided, to
attempt through sheer
reserve, to confuse presumptions resulting from
observation, is idle. You cannot make us
think you a delightful happen-so. But rose, if you are
brilliant, it
is not because your petals are the without-which-nothing
of pre-eminence. Would you not, minus
thorns, be a what-is-this, a mere
perculiarity? They are not proof against a worm, the
elements, or mildew;
but what about the predatory hand? What is brilliance
without co-ordination? Guarding the
infinitesimal pieces of your mind, compelling audience to
the remark that it is better to be forgotten than to be re-
membered too violently,
your thorns are the best part of you.

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your thorns are the best part of you- - - - - -Marianne Moore is the proof of this line! ! ! ! Actually I like her body of work but she does have a stinger and isn't afraid to use it when need be.
The remark! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Yeah, you have to be with thorns to become a rose. Nice poem.
Then it would be a flower sans fragrance; it is same as aweet sans sugar or food sans salt!
Reminds me of the song BED OF ROSES popularized by BON JOVI.... Thanks for posting...
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