Red Roses by Walt Jabsco

Hope in Elizabeth 

From the train
it's a city of roses
and rose keepers,
bald men in spectacles
and torn shirts.
There are miles of roses
in Elizabeth, New Jersey,

backyard arbors
shadowed by refineries
and the turnpike,
jungles of scrap,
still brown water, and poisoned marsh.

None of this matters
to the rose keepers of Elizabeth.
From the backyards of row houses
they bring forth pink roses, yellow roses
and around a house on its own
green plot, a hedge of roses, in red and white.

Surely faith and charity
are fine, but the greatest of these
is roses.

— Kathleen Norris, for more see Little Girls in Church

This poem is offered as part of our May theme: Roses

All poems, art, and photos are public domain or used by permission of author or publisher. Photo by Walt Jabsco.
Artist Debbie Young

Art by Debbie Young

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