The Rose Fades

Rosa ‘English Elegance’ — scan — Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

The rose fades
and is renewed again
by its seed, naturally
but where

save in the poem
shall it go
to suffer no diminution
of its splendor

William Carlos Williams
Pictures from Brueghel and other poems
A New Directions Paperback 1962

A splash quite unnoticed

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