A rose by any other name
Can only be called an individual,
Beautified by its imperfections
And perfected by its flaws.
And though this rose
Is shriveled by the heat of impartial attack
And pounded by the pouring rain of defeat
It can only grow
If occasionally overexposed
To the elements.
Are not all
Old and strong bushes
Because they were brave enough
To weather their storms?
© Sandra Lyon Kramer
Excerpt from the book The Only Words my Soul Knows
About the Author
Sandra Lyon Kramer is a poet, artist, and political blogger. Her first published work was an essay that appeared in the “My Turn” column of the Los Angeles Daily News in June of 1992. The following year she won The National Author’s Registry President’s Award for Literary Excellence for “Starless” and was recognized by the International Society of Poets as a Poet of Merit.
Sandra is the former owner of two free-press publications, The Anti-Press and the Reality Press, and was a contributor to the Daily News, the Daily Journal, and Antelope Valley Focus Magazine. She now operates Tiny House Productions in the Los Angeles area and is a frequent participant in open mic events at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural in Sylmar, California.
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