How Do You Measure the Rose?

January 20, 2008
How do you measure the rose?
By the blood spilled from a finger by its thorns.
How do you measure the snow?
By the southflying geese and the reindeer’s horns.

How do I measure the sky?
With the storm and the span of hummingbird wings.
How do I measure the tides?
With the beach and the song that the hurricane sings.

How do you measure the gems?
By the light which dances inside.
How do you measure the sun?
By the heat of a burn from the fire in the sky.

How do I measure the flames?
By the tears that the nearby snow cries.
How do I measure the pain?
By the broken-winged bird who looks up at the sky.

How do you measure the moon?
By the hallowed shadow it casts on the water.
How do you measure how soon?
By hundreds, or fractions of, tomorrows.

And how shall I measure the world?
And the love of all on its lands?
For this, it seems, to jaded girls,
You need only a few grains of sand.

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singergurl12 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm
i completely agree- i just got my heart broken and this is the perfect poem for it. you have a beautiful way with words and you should be very proud about this piece. superb work, Kelsey.
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