She said it’s called a dessert rose,

he said it should be a desert rose;

Actually, it’s not even a rose –

a rose has a prickly stem, doesn’t it?

And this one doesn’t have thorns.

She said the waters are calm,

he said it has turbulent currents;

Actually, they’re skirting an issue –

there is a vast ocean between their hearts

and their love is a facade.

They are from two different worlds,

like an erhu and a violin,

or a pair of chopsticks and a fork –

all of which are unique and beautiful

and useful in their own way.


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