The Tower Journal

Jack D. Harvey

Rose, Stay

Rose, stay.
Stay until maybe
spring opens
a booth of
green leaves.

Rose, stay.
May you live
longer than a
summer's day.
With the echoes
of drowsy bugs
and birds
droop not;
with the crystal
of cool drops
at night
be refreshed.

Rose, stay.
Your red is
flesh and blood
blossom and root

the unlucky mandrake
at break of day.

Copyright © 2016 Jack D. Harvey

Jack D. Harvey's poetry has appeared in Scrivener, Mind In Motion, Slow Dancer, The Antioch Review, Bay Area Poets’ Coalition, The University of Texas Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Piedmont Journal of Poetry and a number of other on-line and in print poetry magazines over the years.

The Tower Journal
 Winter  2016