I Would Rather
I would rather have a rose,
from the garden of a friend,
than to have the choicest flowers,
when my stay on earth must end.

I would rather have one single
word of kindness said to me,
than hear flattery around my grave
when life has ceased to be.

So bring to me one flower,
be it pink, white or red
for I’d rather have one bloom today
then a truck load when I’m dead.