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Quietly and intently

I meditate upon the rose

Studying its stem of thorns

Being sure not to get to close


Then I gazed at its green leaves

With their verdant lovely hue

As well as their deckled edges

That is appreciated by very few


Next is the delicate color

Of the petals all in a row

Observing the fascinating shading

And the beautiful way they grow


Each one feels like velvet

With its lips softly curled

Waiting to be selected

By some sweet young innocent girl


And last but not the least

Is the fragrance that is emanating from this treasure

A smell unlike any other

That gives man great aromatic pleasure


Years of strolling through gardens

And gathering these jewels so rare

However not once taking the time

To just simply study and stare


Thank you to our teacher

Who provided us with these incredible moments in time

It is one that shall stay close to my heart and soul

These pleasures that will forever stay cuddled in my mind


Stephen Daingerfield Dunn


author of: Divinely Different – a Tribute to Santa Fe, A Day in the Life of a Raindrop,

Bug Dreams, A Little Boy from Nowhere Texas, Christmas with Mr. Dunn, In God‘s Eyes, Can You Possibly Imagine, Designing with Mr. Dunn, The Book of Doe, Animals Anonymous