It’s here in this garden that I marked the spot
where I first came in her soil.
There I planted my seed that bore her fruit.
She wanted to name her Lilly.
We settled on Rose instead.
Purity became hybrid and what I gave
grew up at its pace.
Now everyday I stroll past this spot
where Rose was clipped for the first time,
only to see a multitude of buds take up her place,
and that gives me all the pleasure I need
because I know I worked it right.