Dear Rosebud

Dear Rosebud:

The morning dew gently caresses you

like the faint whisper of a young child’s kiss.

Your limbs yearningly reach for the sun

as if awaiting a long lost lover’s embrace.

Only a pair of vacant eyes could fail to see

the wonderful symphony of color waiting to be.

If allowed to come into full bloom uninterrupted,

butterflies will dance liltingly across your awakening splendor

as honey bees sing praises to your blossoms burgeoning bounty.

I can only pray your thorns grow sharp and rugged enough

to defend against the groping hands of life’s wickedness.

Only the desires of the most savage hearts would ravage

a still unfolding beauty and extinguish a spectacle yet to be.

Only a vile pair of ears could fail to hear a shattering heart

and the soul deafening screams of a rose picked too soon.

Love dad…