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VxPoem ID: 17393

Category:
personal_life

Posted: October 26th. 2005 5:36:52 PM

Views: 1104

A Rose Among Thorns

by Shawnee

Age Group: Adult



Alone in the garden
A thorny stem without a rose
As if Morticia had snipped the bud
A small green leaf blossomed from my side
The only sign of life left in the forsaken garden

And you, the seeming casual passerby
Noticing the weeds surrounding my roots
Bent on knee to remove the offenses
And became snared by my unruly thorns
Drawing blood from your refined hand

Undeterred by my resistance
You continued on your quest
Tending the unturned, neglected soil
Nurturing the small leaf at my side
Sheltering us from the elements

And then, on a warm October afternoon
Far after the season for blooming
A small, fair pink bud appeared
As if testing the temperature
A bit shy to emerge into your bright sunshine

My little green leaf had grown and flourished
Alone, but strong from your persistence
The small space in the garden we once occupied
Now clear of debris and nuisance
Dark soil and green foliage in its stead

You took us home, my little leaf and I
The bud blossoming to bloom
Replanted us in your own garden
Careful tending and warm sunshine
Firm, rich soil around our roots

One season turned to four
Then eight, twelve and sixteen
And late in the evening of Ides
A new leaf sprouted from my side
And the stars set in your eyes

Many seasons have passed now
Thirty-six, to be exact
And my leaves are growing vigorously
The bud I once was turned to full bloom
And you, still carefully tending the garden

Each season I loose another thorn
My stem grows stronger
My leaves grow larger
My roots grow deeper
All because you saw a rose among the thorns

Shawnee - October 2005
Please do not copy without written permission




Author's Notes: Happy 9th Anniversary Jim!


Author's Location: Land O' Lakes, Florida
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