Comes with Thorns

The vase is a pulpit
of the backyard rose,
snipped in prime
for appreciative sniffing
of the decorative predator.

Is it any wonder
it comes with thorns ?

The Lincoln, Stewart, American
Beauty burst to fragrance
of fresh torn black cherry
Jello pack.

We name ours after favorite
Red Sox Outfielder Coco Crisp
and bear the pollen stuffed nose
and sneeze as dues
of cultivation.

The storeboughts cause cancer
in Ecuador, pesticide runoff
suffocating fish.
The ugly cost of beauty
marring Mother's Day profits.

Long stems in the arms
of champions and queens,
we made this bed of
short sighted petals,
parading a legacy
of skin spotted
leaves.