A Vampire Acquaints Himself With A Rose

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Even though I often write of The Vampire, which fraternity I know intimately, I have forgotten why roses are a problem for them! Oh, well, I composed this in 1986, when I was young, beautiful and thought I was SUCH a genius of a writer! Woe betide me!

A Vampire Acquaints Himself With A Rose

By Gwendolyn Nicklaus A/K/A Alexander Guinevere Kern

(Copyright 1986) 


Perilous blossom!

An abundance of these

Enfeebles my species.

Cross, spice and stake combined

Won’t seal me to

A dark continuum.

Nevertheless, I am curious,

You attract me, Red Genesis:

Elmshorn, Beautyhead, Frenshaw

Tiffany, Pascali and Oberon -

A hundred names for fragrant Death!


Petals, flesh-fragile, but not

Like flesh, crushed to my

Shadowed cheek, marble and

Soft fire!  Damp with growth,

This garden stills my spirit.

Yes, Rose, I possess one

As do you. And like you

Bred centuries perfect.


Realizing I have curtained

Your demise, by snapping

This bud from nourishing bush,

Causes a peculiar tightening

In my chest. My eyes ache,

Dark dew trails my face.  Can

It sustain you, just a life longer?


Never presuming life

An entitled pleasure, as humans

Do, I remember them patterned

In blue tattoo, reeking of wood

Smoke and talisman hung.

They still've not evolved

As we have. It does not distress

Me to join them with cessation.


Centuries peel away like petals

In the wind's turn; I respect

Only the strength of my fear

Of this,

So small a thorned maiden.

A tribe of her breed,

Could peruse me to dust.


Submitted: January 17, 2021

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