is going to ask of me
the rest of this day.
some of it very good –
and now I'm wondering
if anything I write is really worth
bringing to the light of day.
to be as beautiful as they are or aren't
without reference to the beauty
of any rose of their acquaintance.
And I doubt –
when they are past their prime,
hanging limply on the stem –
that they have regrets,
or seek the aid of "heeler roses"
in a quest to grasp
another run at beauty.