after all, who could refuse the call of a rose
even though I know I would be disappointed
because roses elegant as they should be
without their fragrance and thorns
are but lively silk flowers to me.
For what is a rose without its thorns
that say, “handle my beauty with thought:
or its fragrance that consoles
those who dares take her
at the risk of getting hurt.
No, please, no. Don’t take any
less than a rose
is a rose
for its fragrance and thorns
or else she’s but a shell
elegant, but with no soul.
All of the above roses are scented. Golden Celebration, Claire, and Jacques Cartier are shade tolerant.