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A Single Rose Poem by Jacob Boddicker, SJ

In honor of today’s One Rose Invitation, Jesuit scholastic Jacob Boddicker, SJ wrote this beautiful poem as an offering of his own kind of “rose.”

A Single Rose

In the quiet of thy heart comes thy KingSmall_Red_Rose
To thee, fair one, dear one, dove and garden closed,
and to thy windowed soul He sighs and sings,
thorn-crowned, wound-red, myrrh-sweet: yea, Sharon’s Rose.*
Chosen soul! Let thy heart break forth a-dawn;
spill o’er the sill of fear that damned and dimmed,
Let thy pride fall that thou might rise anon
Bourne aloft in His heart, caught up in Him.
What sweeter prison tower could thou find
Than the love-petaled bower of His breast,
Impossibly free though gentle tethers bind
Thee heart-to-heart, from which no sin can wrest
For He’s thine and shant rescind what’s given;
Give Him thy “yes” and He’ll give thee Heaven.

*Song of Songs 2:1

Kelsey Porada

Kelsey Porada

Kelsey is a co-founder of Imagine Sisters, and a recent Loyola University Chicago graduate with degrees in English Creative Writing and Psychology. She now attends graduate school at Franciscan University for her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She enjoys dancing, giraffes, sunlight, and flowers, and wants to spend her whole life serving Christ’s Church. AMDG!

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