By any other name (a rose)

a rose is born
a dawn in bloom
a gift untold
of nature’s womb

a rose so bold
behold her scent
she’ll steal your breath
without repent

a rose sublime
a bud befit
of chiseled verse
most exquisite

a regal rose
a queen – I jest
a feast for eyes
at her behest

a blazing rose
her colours run
to salvage shade
from embered sun

embattled rose
with readied thorn
each wounded grasp
a lesson borne

most tender rose
do not despair
for what awaits
we can’t prepare

sweet wilting rose
let petals fall
reveal your heart

to one and all.