Mme Isaac Pereire Meets Zephirine Drouhin

Many years ago I grew over 200 varieties of roses in my garden in Nashville. Here is a little poem I wrote about two particular old fashioned Rose Belles of the past-

Mme Isaac Periere Meets Zephirine Drouhin- A poem by E Sprague


Wives of bankers

Courtesans;the notorious

Women of Paris.

Everywhere this festival of gowns.

Double carmine. Half double.Quartered.

In that fine moment of absolute crinoline

Before the mold and the blackspot

When they are only once, in spring.

And if Degas stood here

He would see my carnival

While the sightless-so many-

Would see only roses.



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