You know, a rose is not beautiful
It is a clump of organic matter
pulled from the dirt
Transform it into a symbol.
Attend to it. Make it beautiful
I am not a philosopher.
I am just a boy in love.
You have my attention.
But you knew that already.
George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, The Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Havana Times, South China Morning Post, The Buffalo News, and more.
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