Poetry of Kansas

Two Smiles___Two Blooms

A rosebush in my garden smiled;
      I plucked the smile to place it
Upon the bosom of my Love,
      To ornament and grace it.
Her lips, like petals parting, bloomed;
      The bloom___she could not miss it___
I plucked, as to her mouth I bent
      My whiskered own, to kiss it.

___John Edward Everett

Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
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