I got a dozen roses, from a friend the other day;
But I only have one left, for I gave them all away.
I gave one to my sister, who to me is very dear,
In hopes that it will bring to her a little floral cheer.
I took one to a friend who's not feeling very well.
The flower or the visit which helped more I could not tell.
One went to a friend I haven't known for very long.
She struggles, so in some small way I hope this helps her carry on.
The rest went to the ones who've helped me in so many ways.
They have been a cheerful presence on my very dreary days.
The roses were so pretty I just could not keep them all,
Except one single bud standing beautiful and tall.
My friend gave me the flowers to help brighten up my day,
But the biggest joy I received was in giving them away.
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