again you have surprised me. twenty five white roses in a large clear vase in the white room, center petals so pale a pink, almost missed. how many years have you filled my life with roses, the fine white velvet of your love, the soft pink at the center of night? in this rose light time's door does not close.
© June 1997 Leslye Layne Russell
This poem was broadcast on NPR classical
radio stations across the country on
the program "The Romantic Hours" in 1999.