beyond compare (for Lan)

this morning in the garden
the rosebush in bloom assaulted me
with fragrance and color
the blossoms’ thorns wounded me
while I picked for you
the most beauteous rose by far
I realized just why
the roses are red  my love:
knowing that you are the nonpareil
from shame and envy  they blush
there is none more beautiful than you
save the flower of our love

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© Gregory V Driscoll 2014

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