These denuded roses started off as a bouquet brought to me in a plastic grocery sack by a very frugal man. The short stems made them unfit for display in anything but a small drinking glass. I cherished them nonetheless and kept the roses well past their expiration date. On the morning I thought to throw them out, the sun struck the glass just right. I became enraptured and ultimately decided to pluck away the remaining petals.
At that time, my psyche matched those sad roses. But even then, a different slant of light brought out a new beauty. After years of neglect, my senses were starting to come alive allowing me to look at things anew. That is why I picked the above picture for this week’s photo challenge. I’m happy to report he upgraded to a dozen long-stemmed roses this Valentine’s Day.