Poet’s Corner

by Jewell Turner

The first rose of summer, ending its wintry slumber

Standing so lovely and alone

All its companions still under the earth

The songs of the birds now are of mirth

And the beauty of nature is all around

Many flowers before it appear

Rising up to give some cheer

After the more sober and drab winter colors

But this one excels over others

It leads the other summer roses

And can be part of a bouquet or posie

Summer roses are special among the flowers

For their radiance and scent, besides their colors

Soon it will fade and go away

But the memory of it will last for many a day

And give cheer to how many lives we do not know

But that the cheer it gives will continue to grow