Late-Night Roses

Late-night roses haven't been told to close
with the passing of the sun.
Strange how they smell:
rich, and soaked
in promise.

Have you ever tasted a rose,
tasted a late-night rose?
Those flushed petals so vibrant
transform on the tongue to softest
nothing.

Do late-night roses know
why and how they pull
passersby in for a snort,
then leave addicts to mill like grounded bees?
Cocaine takes the septum, but
these nocturnal blooms beckon across
the distance between species.

Aren't these conquests planned
deep inside rosebush roots,
then in crawling need invoked?
What is a late-night rose alone but
another prolonged blossom?

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