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Petal nested in petals
Rilke called the rose
Each fragrant layer
Peeling back to find
The tight, sweet bud at the center
I peel back layer on layer
of papery skin
Trying not to touch
my irritated eyes
Wondering what sweet fruit I’ll find

NaPoWriMo #25
With apologies to Rilke (and why can’t I find the original French?)
Also, accidentally, a quadrille.

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