The Ungrateful Garden – Carolyn Kizer

Midas watched the golden crust

That formed over his steaming sores,

Hugged his agues, loved his lust,

But damned to hell the out-of-doors

Where blazing motes of sun impaled

The serried roses, metal-bright.

“Those famous flowers,” Midas wailed, “Have scorched my retina with light.”

This gift, he’d thought, would gild his joys,

Silt up the waters of his grief;

His lawns a wilderness of noise,

The heavy clang of leaf on a leaf.

Within, the golden cup is good

To lift, to sip the yellow mead.

Outside, in summer’s rage, the rude Gold thorn has made his fingers bleed.

“I strolled my halls in golden shift,

As ruddy as a lion meat.

Then I rushed out to share my gift,

And golden stubble cut my feet.

Dazzled with wounds, he limped away

To climb into his golden bed, Roses, roses can betray

“Nature is evil,” Midas said

By Peace Truth

Life is like a bunch of roses. Some sparkle like raindrops. Some fade when there's no sun. Some just fade away in time. Some dance in many colors. Some drop with hanging wings. Some make you fall in love. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Life you can be sure of, you will not get out ALIVE.(sorry about that)