Robert Kumpf

(Gladstone, OR, USA)

Roses

Roses for the blond girl who went a little red.
Roses for the lunatic, mind left cold and dead.
Roses for the college girl, with whom I shared the bread.
Roses for the flower girl, and roses for the dead. Roses for all the ones still trapped by jealousy.
Roses for the wiser ones who tried to set me free.
Roses for the ignorant, so they let me be.
Roses for the flower girl, and roses for the sea. Roses for the wishing ones who dream their lives away.
Roses for the shy ones, who just

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