Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Rose

The treasure at the heart of the rose
is your own heart's treasure.
Scatter it as the rose does:
your pain becomes hers to measure.
Scatter it in a song,
or in one great love's desire.
Do not resist the rose
lest you burn in its fire.
~ Gabriela Mistral
(translated by: Langston Hughes)
art by Betty Jansma