Rose Rent

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Rose Rent

Rose Rent

The closest neighbours are birds.
They are not pretentious,
mostly they bathe in puddles on the lane.
It is a private place
where you can listen to grass
rustling in its own hurry;
for growth shoots from blended earth,
bending over its height
in a blossoming wave.

You stand in the field with my cows
as if it’s a dream,
but I love this land, it is my lifecharm.
Flowers of the grassheads
twist in pairs on the wind;
every second as we watch,
nature reaches a climax,
and here is proof for your lapel;
a perfectly wild English rose.

Rose rent is an ancient nominal rental agreement whereby a single rose is tendered as rent on Midsummer’s Day.

Susan Taylor; Rose Rent
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