Thursday, February 16, 2006

Roses on St. Valentine's Day

"Consumers buy about 180 million roses for Valentine's Day. Last year, 74 percent of rose purchases for Valentine's Day were made by men, according to the Society of American Florists." Read the news story here.

I am reminded of a poem `One Perfect Rose' by Dorothy Parker :

One Perfect Rose

A single flower 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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