Love me love me not


From the window I watched her break off
the plumpest rose from the bush
then upon the cemented rim of the lily pond,
pull off and lay petal after petal
till only four green sepals remained
around their black gold
Tossing the skeleton into the water
she went off happier than before
Though my dilemma echoed hers
I couldn’t bear to mutilate
in the quest to discover true love
so she knew and I continue the search
for less painful ways to pluck the firm petals
encircling my darkness
wherein lies the answer already revealed
for I too had counted along when she did!
©Reena Prasad 21st feb 2013



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