swan princess

swan princess


Elegy of the Royal Rose

There was always a royal rose,
in deep red hue, loyal
to a nation: entwining
as I looked deep into time.
The empire that bore
your name wore
the breastplate
with the coat of arms,
and sacred incense.

I was first to hold you,
in the lighted hour of truth,
and last to see you go,
the glisten of lush red,
the blush of pink,
a momentary trace of snow,
birth pang of departed lands—
life nestled in my open hands,
unrepentant starts,
O Commonwealth of hearts.

Emily Isaacson

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