The Nacreous Oughts

17 May 2008

    ''The Seventh Rose"

The first rose is of granite
The second rose is of red wine
The third rose is of lark's feathers
The fourth rose is of rust
The fifth rose is of yearning
The sixth rose is of tin
But the seventh
The most delicate
The believng rose
The rose of night
The sisterly rose--
Only after your death
Will it grow out of your coffin.

--Yvan Goll (tr Sculte & Bullock)

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