Poetry: Rose as in Rosa by Anthony Aguero

As in the elegant woman,
menthol cigarillo in hand,
puff-puff-puffing,
sitting nearest to the back—
door. History is a door many,
many have walked through.
There was a garden that,
too, smelled of Lavandula
bathed in amber-light.
History has a way of, too,
being illuminated on:
sifted through, like a
rosarium pretty in its
variation. Rosa, as in
rose, is at the bud of
the cigarette. History, too,
has a way of many
endings. Rosa dancing
in a red dress. The floor
beneath her, erased,
leaving wet soil. The roof
above her, flooded into.
A thousand roses
sprouting on her red
dress and she just sings
Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero.
History, then, too, has
snuck its way into song:
something sung to Rosa.
The roses in the garden
looking like wisps of
             carmine smoke.

Anthony Aguero is a queer writer in Los Angeles, CA. His work has appeared, or will appear, in the Bangalore Review, 2River View, The Acentos Review, The Temz Review, Rhino Poetry, Cathexis Northwest Press, 14 Poems, Redivider Journal, Maudlin House, and others.

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