One More Rose

from by Samuel Worthen





one more rose
for the window you kept open
in case I came home too late, and you were sleeping
feed Xapaa like he’s my own, my one way left to love you*
when all I wanted was to be
your animal

one more rose
for the weekdays we made golden
discovered flavors, made love, trees below
until that night, ever so, you unwrapped me from your body
when all I wanted was to feel
you laugh again

one more rose
for my poems trapped in your mailbox,
your lost scroll, the truth stuck in our throats
a shoebox for the rest. one day my daughter finds it
my fool’s hope: she knows
your alphabet


from Don't Forget Me, released November 23, 2013



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