Our two roses, our courtship,
in their evergreen stems,
besides the black iron gate,
and two yellow butterflies fluttering
and swallowing their succulent nectar.
An evocative fragrance emanates
from their centers, their petals,
and into the air, enticing naïve hearts
under their enchantment.
Scarlet petals, elegant and silk
like our lips. When their petals osculate,
they become submerged in morning dew
and sunlight. They still remained elegant
and alluring when we were naïve.
Our two roses my darling, still remain since Valentine’s Day.
Christina Ciufo is a passionate writer in poetry, short stories, flash fictions, fables, and completing her first novel. At a very young age, she always had a passion for writing stories and poems, specifically in fairytales, folklore, supernatural, and horror. After graduating Sacred Heart University with a BA in English, she continued to expand her writing abilities at Manhattanville College’s MFA Creative Writing Program and by May 2017, graduated with an MFA degree in Creative Writing. She completed Sacred Heart University's Education Program in December 2018 with a MAT in Teaching in both elementary and secondary. She is currently a Sunday School Teacher. She has appeared in Gravitas, Spillwords, Ovunque Siamo, Nymphs, Vamp Cat Magazine, Z Publishing Ohio, Nightingale & Sparrow, Truly Review, Mookychick, Door is a Jar Magazine, Bonnie's Crew, The Poetry Question, Twist in Time Magazine, Moonchild Magazine, The Wolf Feeds Poetry, Crêpe & Penn, Marias at Sampaguitas, Cauldron Anthology, dream walking, Selcouth Station Magazine, Beneath The Fever, The Wild Literary Magazine, Speculate This Magazine Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine and The Clay Literary Magazine.