take gentle care of yourself

The rose is obsolete
but each petal ends in
an edge, the double facet
cementing the grooved
columns of air -- The edge
cuts without cutting
meets -- nothing -- renews
itself in metal or porcelain --

whither? It ends--

But if it ends
the start is begun
so that to engage roses
becomes a geometry--...

Somewhere the sense
makes copper roses --
steel roses--

William Carlos Williams "The Rose"


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