Rose Garden

by Samuel De Lemos


Rose garden, my rose garden
where have you gone?
I planted and tended you.
I carefully mended you.

I looked over you.
Made you smell the sun.
And then I delicately
Pruned you when your time
had come.

When the earth froze I covered you,
I jealously protected you.
I anticipated your every return.

I delighted when your first buds shown.
I called on the birds to witness
the miracle of spring,
when your colors sprung.

To see you bloom, was my heart’s desire.
When you released your perfume,
I bent my knees to gather in more.

Rose garden, my rose garden
My dear friends, You’re no longer here
to witness my joy or my tears.
Now I’m troubled and
I’ve come undone!