Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rose of Africa

Your bud expounds
your patterns
of geometric perfection and
wild, runaway beauty
You show yourself in honesty,
Rose of Africa

Your softness emerges,
initially as an impenetrable mass
tightly held together
pushing open the bud
the struggle of birth
Rose of Africa.

Unwinding, the tendrils
of your softness
reach out, beyond,
creating something solid,
where once there was only emptiness,
Rose of Africa.

The softness turns to
chaos.
Falling in every direction
Falling with grace,
slowly
until life seems lost
Rose of Africa.

A husk,
meeting the world
with rich beauty,
perfect pattern,
solid, hard,
turning brittle
Yet such softness
in you mandala spirit,
Rose of Africa.


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