Love Poem: The Wily Thorn
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Written by: Keith Bickerstaffe

The Wily Thorn

he wily thorn that signifies the rose abides, 
some hapless fool will come along, 
untutored in the art of willful pose 
to grasp it, and sustain a sharp reminder. 

His gift bestowed and modestly attended, 
there stirs a trembling only she may know 
whose pledge is true and joyfully intended, 
first semblance of a passion soon to grow. 

How powerful such beauty's lure can be, 
it supersedes and pricks the heart to bleed, 
and captured in its snare they're led 
on rapture's path, where'er that path may lead!