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A Poem for a Woman Named Rose

A poem contemplating the expectations carried in a name.
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It’s hard

to write a poem

for a woman

named after a flower,

a plant, a tree, a season.

You feel like whatever you write

has to be beautiful,

smell good

drink sun that

you need to be gentle

when you touch it

see it shake, dance

when you talk to it &

wherever you place it,

everything around it

looks better

Willie Perdomo is the author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime and Smoking Lovely.

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