White Roses

What is Purity? Mere innocence?
Perhaps, in that innocence is absence.
The blue eyed baby is only potential.
But absence is nothingness, and purity's
something-ness, an all-of-one-kind-ness, a sheening.
Galahad was pure.
He was allowed to see the Grail
but not to
drink from it:
Purity takes you only
part of the way.

What is a white rose?
White light, sum of all colors.
And absence is nothingness, but a white rose
is a breathing sheen,
a chalice of cream
well-sculpted, and so
like the sight of the Grail,
it can take you, though not all of the way,
far enough.

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