Roses

She only wanted to smell the roses.

Was that too much to ask?

They kept her from seeing the roses.

So when she left she never came back.

Found flowers that looked like roses,

But she was greatly deceived.

Those imposing as her longed-for roses,

Wrapped around her neck so she couldn't breathe.

A living nightmare, it was, to be choked out by "roses."

If only she had the knowledge.

Instead of discovering roses,

Ignorance has taken her hostage.