#108. Floetry by JulietKego: A Weeping Rose



Floetry by JulietKego: A Weeping Rose

I must have gone past her

a thousand times

today, I beheld her face

as if for the first time,

this lone colourless rose

out here on my gravelly driveway

far removed, from all the other

proud, blooming roses

sheltered in my gardens

She had dark eyes, forlorn and sad,

a bony body, all thorns

her petals had some stains

(I wonder if these were tear-streaks

when she cried away her pains?) 

her stems drooped,

as if in a silent shame

almost like she felt unworthy

to bear her name

like the sun forgot to shine on her

(or perhaps she did shine

but only in the wrong places)

like the world never watered her roots

always turning our faces

as we walked past her, in fast paces

today, Rose stared me down,

dared me to ignore her

to walk away again,

like she didn’t matter

taciturn, was she

this hue-less rose

and slowly, gently, quietly

the universe whispered

her secrets to me

I saw the moment

she heard my voice

her thorns softened under my gaze

and sheathed their spikes

her petals danced

under the shimmer of light

and now, she looks at the other roses

with veiled eyes of pity,

compassion and disdain

today, she sees their ordinariness;

they smell and look and feel and taste the same

she knows her flavours are of a different kind;

she thrives in seasons rough and smooth

and as she recognizes her uniqueness

her buds seem to open up in a dimpled smile

I must have gone past her

a thousand times

today I beheld her beauty

as if for the very first time.



(C) Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido

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