emeralds and roses
Flowers, jewels and dresses to enhance your beauty:
these are what I want to give to you,
tokens of my affection, my desire to share
friendship, ideas, and warm embraces.
Instead I give you poems.
Each one is as beautiful as I can shape it
though my jeweler’s skill at shaping ,
polishing, cutting the most brilliant facets
is more a craftsman’s than an artist’s.
Each finished gem, crude as it may be,
reflects the light of love
from sky and stars to shine into our eyes.
© MM 13.4.2009