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The Rose

submitted by: Mark West

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She stands alone

her petals so smooth

I watch the Light hit her –

and my heart is moved.


Such elegance, such beauty,

my eyes have never known-

she stands absorbing golden rays,

I sit and watch alone.


Her silky petals…

and tender green leaves…

her long narrow stem

with its thorns of unease.


It bewilders me to think

as I watch even now,

that rose that I see

has been battered somehow.


Beaten by the winds

and the rains of life,

by the thorns of other roses,

by pain and strife.


Oh! to be the Gardener,

and to know the exact way

to nurture that rose

back to health one day.


But the Gardener, I am not,

an imitation, I am afraid,

simply struggling through the garden

on the path that He made.


But someday, in time,

I will know what He knows,

and will walk deeper in the garden

and reach that battered rose.


And way out where its harsh

I will tend to her needs-

protect her, cherish her,

and nourish her, with ease.


For by then all my strength

will have come from above

and that slightly battered rose

will be made perfect by Love.