Prudent Advice

Life Lessons for My Daughter

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. Winston Churchill

The Act
There were the roses, in the rain.

Don’t cut them, I pleaded.

They won’t last, she said.

But they’re so beautiful

where they are.

Agh, we were all beautiful once, she said,

and cut them and gave them to me

in my hand.
William Carlos Williams

John Lennon 1964. Elizabeth Peyton