If I Were a Philosopher

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 ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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