The Joy of Love

*for Pope Francis

With “great affection”
You ask us
to silently suffer
for Eve’s sin
to follow the
Joy of Love
like a white rose
picked from
its blooming bush
and placed in
a wedding bouquet

With overwhelming dismay
I am wilting
in my only role
as woman
always joyful mother
God’s means of
bringing new life
without obsessing
without mention
or chapter or
chance to reply

You offer only
a wedding rose
plucked from all
other potential passion
in the shadow of
warned fears
robbing us of
new growth to
bud in a beauty
you cannot realize
on your own

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