Rosebud – Mallory Burns

A clenched fist withholding
morning dew,
waits for bright fingertips
to weave through
green, dancing whispers.
Laden with a muffled song
folded in its petals,
the firm grip opens—
releasing a graceful leap
towards long,
sloping mists.
Pulling forth
an intensity of tone,
it lends its careful strength
to the rising day.

About the Author: Mallory Burns is a rising senior at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She began writing poetry a year ago during a study abroad program in Ireland. Her poetry focuses on the small, minute details of the day, striving to make these moments beautiful and important.

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