Monday, November 17, 2008

Rose Of Anonymity Rose

rose of anonymity rose
of my lost way
setting aside your
incomplete legends
I attribute to you

these few rose quotations

may you forgive my
sighs incarnadine; rose

of a depth so singular

burning tigers cannot
rend you but
if they should, your
martyred shadow still

will be

beyond the dimming
battle lines
unfolding my last heart.

the word most dazzling I

dedicate to you wherever
it is the poem that
flares on its own

matchless as your clear Artisan

in a swirl of lost calligraphy

my small bright universe enfolded

crimson beyond all crimsons
register every shade
addressing and enduring

every negligent age

mary angela douglas 17 november 2008