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Temptation of the Rose
by Sally Odgers
Sunday, March 16, 2003

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One day I focussed on a rose
Forgot the world around
Deliberately I admit
I closed out all the sound
I gazed upon the scented bowl
And let myself be drawn
Away from this world as it is
All troubled and forlorn
A hope of perfumed colour
Of sweetness and repose
A better world was offered
Within that single rose.

Yet as I fell towards the flower
To claim that proffered pleasure
I hesitated and drew back
Denying this bright treasure
For if the world were sweetness
All perfume and repose
It wouldn't be my world at all-
But just a single rose.

And if I let myself be drawn
And let my troubles fall
I would no longer be myself
But lost for good and all.

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Reviewed by the phantom pheonix (Reader) 3/16/2003
that is an excellent observation awesome job on this poem
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 3/16/2003
Excellent poem, Sally. Beautiful reflections in this solid write.
Amor
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