A Waking Heart

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.

– Jane Austen

We trust the bud will bloom. 

even as we see the thorn-tipped 

leaves holdfast the tender-heart,

enclosing the fragrance 

underneath the tightly wrapped

silk until, one morning,

the dew will call to waking

the full blossom and scent-tinged

beauty, unfurl the petals

of another joy-giving rose.

—C.L. Fisher, September 2021

Unless otherwise indicated, all writings and images are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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