No special occasion, no particular time of year;
No holiday or event, no specific reason at all.
They're simply a gift and a reason to declare
That witnessing a more beautiful person I cannot recall.
No particular occasion & no special event, again I stress.
They're simply my way of saying that I love your sagacity & wit.
That I love your great capacity to love and your loveableness,
And that the fifth & sixth are silent prayers, each with a pledge in it.
The seventh is a vow, a vow to meet you in paradise.
With the eighth I promise to outlive you if you promise the same.
Listen closely and you'll hear the ninth swear he never lies.
While with the tenth I thank Jah above for the love you claim.
And yes, my love, there are only eleven roses here, it's true.
But that's only because, my imzadi, the twelfth is you.
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