Let Me Be A Rose Today by Sarah Salway

Written in response to our exchange with Mary Anne about the poem that has been a friend to her: 'I Am Like A Rose' by D. H. Lawrence

Let Me Be A Rose Today


Naked in a green room,

she needs no mirrors to applaud

the way she stretches stems heavy

with unruffled flowers,


watches her petals gently fall

sure they will stay

as still as she left them,

this scented carpet to wake up to


when every day is new

and every second hers alone.

She’ll spend it with a poem

her own heart reads for her,


because how fresh the silence is

when no one tells her what to hear.

She’s growing straight now

as she was always meant to be.

Sarah Salway

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