Can a flame not share its warmth with a rose?
Engulf the fragile petals without destroying their beauty?
As the flares lap at the stem, are they immune to the thorns?
Or do they cause the flame more intensity?
Is it possible for the rose to endure, engulfed,
To survive and grace the earth with its presence another day?
Or will a flame only consume to destroy?
Will the rose only be left mangled, wilted, and stripped of itself-
Destined to be embers?
This flame can become a wildfire and level the forests - careless.
But the rose, the flame dares not touch for fear of loss.
Fore even this supple rose to be oblivious to the heat the surrounds it,
is better than the rose to pay it mind, be enraptured, and destroyed.