The Savagery of Roses

When I think I come close

then they attack

with thorns that shield their sight

in the green leaves.

Fingers pierced,

blood running,

red liquid into

the soft red of the blossoms.

He gives me roses –

pain or pleasure?

He will not tell,

but smiles his duplicity.

–Christine Emmert

Christine is an actress, writer, director and educator who writes across the genres. Her novel, The Nun’s Dragon, is presently out on Amazon. She has had work published throughout the English speaking world.  Presently she tours with her two plays written for the outreach Program of the National Park Service at Hopewell Furnace.  Her blog can be accessed at

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