ROSES READ: READ AS ROSES

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'CoverPoem' for SKY BLUES / Bowhammer Cymbalom Album 1992)

 

ROSES READ: READ AS ROSES

I am dumb to tell the crooked rose how a rose is a rose is a Rose

--Thomas Stein

Ambered bugeyes agog 

for thirty million years: 
I've seen those, 
I've done that. 
But the rose! 

its morning edition, its alien embassy 
in my own backyard, deeper 
by a far cry than tea leaves 
I see, looking into it like a noise in the night, 

I see suddenly (not as Detective 
Cluederth might, 
for sign of struggle stiff-necked, full of himself, 

touching thorntips 

like braille 
in a tragic passage) I see 
a moment of providence so private 

not even death knows 

how supernatural its embrace, 
how deep it goes. 

And how telling 
from that bond now 
through the bone-dropping faith 

of all those ages 

--comes the rose. 

 

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