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Poem introduction

One day, the secretary of our English department at the University of Bristol told me she was going to have a child. "When your baby arrives," I said to her, "I will give you a rose". I don't know where this fanciful idea came from. Well, the baby arrived. When the secretary returned to work, the first thing she said to me was "Where's my rose?" "Just one moment," I replied, "I will go and make you a rose." And here is the result.

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