white roses
for James
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.

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