John F. McCullagh

Gold Star - 5,061 Points (09/28/1954 / Flushing)

A Rose Amidst The Thorns - Poem by John F. McCullagh

Roses in profusion
bloomed along our garden wall.
They were both red and yellow-
tea hybrids, I recall.
There were thorns too,
as I well knew,
standing guard among the blooms.

A careless creature soon would learn
to give the rose wide berth
An agony of thorns awaits
the careless of the earth.
Yet thorns permit the bees to come
and pollen to transpose.
and, if careful, they'll admit
my own scent seeking nose

I think thorns serve their purpose well
else roses would be trampled
The thorns are roses' guardians
and not inconsequential.
Without a thorn, the rose, forlorn,
is destined for the ashes.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 10, 2010

Poem Edited: Friday, December 10, 2010

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