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Your Heart is Like a Rose

Copyright 2019 Mary Gospe
Video by Behnaz K. Shahidi

Let your heart be like a rose
Open now, unfold, fully exposed
To the wind, water, and rays of sunlight
Aphids, spiders and the deep dark of night
Red velvet, yellow, orange, peach and pink
White creamy petals that smell delicious and sweet

Be the sucker, the stalk, the thorns and the leaves
The yellow rust and splotches that creep over the green
Be stunted, slanted, not perfect and straight
Prune back to your essence for winter’s cold rain

Be the beauty, fully, a treasure for all to see
Without hiding behind the shrubs and tall trees
Be the rose, eager to expand and grow
A majestic presence, a magnificent soul