Curtisj Johnson

A Letter To Rose - Poem by Curtisj Johnson

A Letter To Rose
By Curtis Johnson

Hello Rose,

I know that you have questions and have missed me as much as I am missing you.
I do not like excuses, but there really is a good reason for my infrequent visits.
Of course there are others like Tulip and Lillie to whom I also give my attention.
You know that I treasure and favor you above all other flowers in my garden.

I know that this summer has been very hard on you, but there’s nothing I can do.
As you know, we have been in a drought for the past three years and counting.
My once green lawn who must now tolerate brown, is also longing for more water;
But the authorities require that we water lawns and gardens only twice a week.

I know how you must feel, and I am so sorry to have to treat you this way.
It hurts me that I can’t smell your sweet fragrance, nor feast on your loveliness.
Your beautiful colors no longer embrace my front yard, and grace my living room.

But the weather people are predicting a wet winter that could improve things.
I hope so, because I will cut back your branches, allowing you to grow new ones.
And come late Winter and early Spring, you will burst force in splendor and elegance.

Topic(s) of this poem: beautiful, flowers, treasure

Form: Prose Poem

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The California drought forces botanical compromises.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 28, 2015

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