The Rose of My Heart

So many times I want to let you know
that you are the Rose of my life.

To tell you that in your subtle ways
that your touch and your support
are the soft petals that support me
and give me peace of mind to rest at night.

To tell you that your way of life, your ability
to give without counting the cost,
to share your self freely and openly and honestly
reminds me of the fragrance of the Rose,
so light, so soft, and so easy to miss,
yet so beautiful and so special.

You are the Rose of my Life,
You are the Rose of my Heart,
for everywhere I go, I take you with me,
because you have formed me into who I am.

Granted there have been thorns,
but who can notice the thorns
in the presence of a beautiful rose?
Who could be so blind, so foolish?

I owe so much to you and
I am so grateful for all you have given me,
so much like the Rose.

In my youth you protected me and nurtured me
so much like the petals of the Rose.
And now you have opened up and support me
and give me freedom and air and life
so much like the petals of the Rose.

In your gentleness you have clothed me
By your sweet fragrance I am surrounded
So much like the fragrance of the Rose,
So much like the fragrance of the Rose.

by Anthony Borrow, S.J.