I have only two other poems that Spencer wrote, both of them for school assignments. I'm not sure when he wrote "Gauntlet of the Rose" but it was probably the same year he wrote the "Blackberry" poem.
Gauntlet of the Rose
Sunlit skies shown on the uneven
earth, beneath which the unknown
life would be given sustenance not in
gracious heat, but in the dreary dank
of the topsoil. From this place a curious
sprout appeared, breaking forth from the
earth cautiously, yearning for the glow it desired.
And so did this small shoot bloom and grow into a young,
budding rose. But before this rose could expose its
wondrous petals, the brown leaves laid down
beside the unfortunate flower. The
blue sky was covered, and
the glow of the sun
had faded. A spark
was ignited and
the fire burnt
all that could
sky of gray.
but from this
a wonderful wet
that cleared the
ground of ash and
ember. As the droplets
seeped through the grains
of sediment, and nutrient, they
found a seed waiting to grow anew.
-- Spencer Seupel