January 18th

I cannot put diamonds on your neck, 

but I can put roses on your table.

I think it was the anarchist Emma Goodman that said “I’d rather have roses on my table than have diamonds on my neck”.

Dorothy Parker thought differently,

A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.

All tenderly his messenger he chose;

Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet
One perfect rose.

I knew the language of the floweret;
'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet

One perfect limousine, do you suppose?

Ah no, it's always just my luck to get

One perfect rose.

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