This is beautiful Joyce! I believe that we have all picked the Sweetest Friend that ever bloomed, the Rose of Sharon. Picking you also as a very beautiful and lovely friend, this Scripture came to mind!
2 Corin. 2:14-Now thanks be to God who always leads us in TRIUMPH in Christ, and through US diffuses THE FRAGANCE of HIS KNOWLEDGE IN EVERY PLACE. This is certainly true in your case! Love, Sharon
Oh, Joyce, you've unglued me...You so skillfully use the flower-picking imagery to bring home the God-given longing for companionship. My hubby and I were just talking about how each of us long for that special friend (of our own gender). It seems the deeper we go in God, the harder they are to find...And that just throws us all the more on Him.
Bless you for the gift of this lovely poem! A beautifully executed piece.