Company of Roses


Today I wheeled downtown and found a small and fragrant, shaded spot to watch.

I chose it for the ease of being in proximity to the passing show but not of it.

It smelled of roses and passing women with shining, newly shampooed hair.

Urgent teenagers motored by.

They were so cool with pomaded hair and restraint

When all they really wanted was speed

And a girl up against their Levied thigh.

Middle-aged men with white, exposed skin

Revved their Harleys just for the thrill

Of giving voice to the shiny metal between their legs.

Once or twice an aged and compromised adoring couple

Would walk by me and greet me with a knowing hello;

Those with knowledge of a life in a compromised body

Tend to salute one another

Like veterans who know war well.

In between each noticing

Were the roses, still.

A young couple parallel parked in front of me.

He did a fine 8 point turn and shut off the motor.

A weary looking woman opened the passenger car door and proceeded to change her baby’s diaper on the back seat.

The wearier-looking man got out to retrieve the stroller.

Thick veins pulsed on his frustrated, pink forehead.

“It gets so sticky, doesn’t it, honey?” she says.

He is silent but performs well.

A young couple on a date pass me.

She wears her brand new, black fringed shoulder-baring midriff-baring top.

So lovely in her dewy youth.

I stay very, very still

In the company of roses.

I want for nothing.

The movie today is especially fine.


5 Responses to “Company of Roses”

  1. Jim on May 31st, 2015

    Very observant and imaginative!

  2. Paul on May 31st, 2015

    A pleasing slice of life, Cathy. thanks for the heartfelt observations.

  3. Barry on June 1st, 2015

    Beautifully written Cathy!

  4. Bryan Adams on June 1st, 2015

    . . . especially fine. Thanks.

    Peace and Love–

  5. Sharon Rose Dozar on June 2nd, 2015

    The Goddess of WORDS ! I love that you are sharing this day , your observations so keen, your appreciation of all that is …Much Love to you

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