Always the Roses

          Planted into a garden that is forever harvested and maintained
          By forgotten Ghosts who share little regard of the present climate,
          Who don’t believe in watering Black Susans
          Because Black Susans are deemed too difficult to maintain in cold weather,
          The Violets neither,
          But the Red Roses,
          nurtured by onlookers, the gardening vagabonds, the dictators of beauty;
          are always chosen

Durell Carter currently teaches English at Moore Public Schools. He’s a graduate student at University of Central Oklahoma who is focusing on Literature. He is also a firm believer in ghosts.