09 July 2012

[Poetry] Fuck the Rose

A rose deflowered by

scissors and high school poetry

is unreadily fucked

like a cliché, and shamelessly

plucked, for “love.”

The stem pricks, but not lustfully

like the nettle. The petal

unfolds coyly—not immodestly

like the pink lily. Why

steal the rose’s maiden virginity?

Damn you, all you, who

fucked the rose unceremoniously

- J. Scott Donahue
[Scott holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.]

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