Single Perfect Rose

I do not offer you
A single perfect rose
But instead I offer
The idea of one.

For an ideal rose
Shall never wither
For lack of water
And shall never die
From lack of care.

The rose I give to you
Is from my mind's eye
And my heart's hand
And is never given lightly
But gently to a lover
Or solemnly to a friend.

David Bedno, 1990
Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), Santa Cruz, California


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