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You bought me a rose

Post  adverseaffects on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:53 am

You bought me a rose
It was red and wrapped in crinkly paper.
I undressed it lovingly.
I saved the card, the paper, and the rose.
I put it on my windowsill
and it lit up my room.
I gazed at it every morning.
And with time, it's glow
even dominated my nights.
No one had ever bought me a rose before.

When it started to die
I pickled it in vinegar.
I frantically called you on the phone
twice that morning
asking you how to save it.
Somehow, I thought you'd be touched
by my valiant effort.
The rose wilted
and began to stink.
You did not pick up the phone
for three days.
I placed it in a box
and kept it by my bed
almost like a coffin
but also close to my sleeping body
so at any time I could wake from fitful sleep
and love it's sad puckering form to death
with loyalty
until you could get me a new one.


When you came knocking later that week
I apologized that I had let the rose die,
I admit, I was close to tears.
You were puzzled.
You did not remember even buying it for me.
You asked if I wanted to go to a show
off-handedly.
I said yes and grabbed my coat.
I pushed my dead rose into the trash
as you waited by the door.
How many other women
did you buy roses for?
I had nursed this thing for a week
keeping it warm for you
like a chicken on an egg
and if you had seen me during this week
you would have laughed and said
that roses have to die.
You might have even been a little worried
you might have just left me and my rose
to nurse eachother.

Why do men buy roses?
Why does it make anyone happy
to cherish something and watch it die?
I will admit when I came home from the show with you
even as our rose was dying
and you were picking out other, probably superior roses,
to bloom with probably superior woman,
and I deleted your phone number from my contacts,
I was taking that trashy rose out of the trash,
I was holding it close
I was breathing in vinegar
and smelling roses.
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Post  studentofrhythm on Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:46 pm

I enjoyed this greatly. Either despite, or because of, the distortion of logic and the surreality that I take to be such an essential feature of this kind of poetry. Maybe when I was younger I would have enjoyed it in spite of that, and now I enjoy it because of it.

I don't like trying to analyze too much a poem that hits me as finished, effective and right. And this does.
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Post  adverseaffects on Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:45 pm

studentofrhythm wrote:I don't like trying to analyze too much a poem that hits me as finished, effective and right. And this does.

Thanks so much, I appreciate it.
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