Elaine E. Kelso

(Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Elaine E. Kelso

In riotous profusion the Sweetbrier bloomed
Amid hybrid roses so tidily groomed
Fragrant and enchanting were the roses it bore
Cruelly keen the spiked thorns that it wore. So rosy and sturdy in it's infancy
They nurtured the Sweetbrier lovingly
Pruning; trimming the wildness away
Secured to a trellis, they willed it to stay. But wild grows the bonny Sweetbrier
Untamed by shears or wire
Sadly they watched it spread through the meadow

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