A-ROSE FROM
         
from the lateral cane she was cut
a long stemmed beauty
fragrant petals pleasing         
         
gathered with eleven others for gift
                   
in lapels and on table tops
in hair
and for parting of teeth
         
glory to the men who wore her
an honor for those who received her
         
a token of love from those who gave her and
of envy for those who received not the gift
                                                 
but
               
nourishment dwindled
away from the garden
         
and as
fragrant
petals 
fell
she was
no more