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A Rose that Grows in Peat

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
January 9, 2004

A Rose that Grows in Peat_Greg Asimakoupoulos- “Reward the player, not the gambler!”
That’s the rue and cry.
But let sportswriters beware.
The fragrance in the air
is a bit misleading.
A rose that grows in peat
can’t be trusted to stand up straight.
Neither will it last.
It’s a plant that lacks integrity
and it’s easy to see
it’s not the petals
that color the man.
It’s the life
from which his petals stem.
In the end it’s the full flower
that should be judged,
not just the part we think smells sweet.
A rose by any other name
should be equally scrutinized.
He who is wise knows that
prized varieties don’t come cheap.
Their roots go deep.
In Cooperstown (or any town),
an award-winning garden
must be weeded and fenced
lest the beauties on display
simply wilt and fade away.

About the Author:
Greg Asimakoupoulos is a freelance writer and poet living in Naperville, IL. He has a regular column in two Chicago area newspapers as well as for the Amy Foundation Syndicate (an online editorial service). Greg is the author of seven books and more than two hundred magazine articles.

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