The link that the two 'stanzas' have is like a haiku, as is the semicolon. They seem to be two different statements but you linked them nicely with the rose symbolism. It's not the most original symbol to use, but since you don't focus too heavily on it you manage to keep the poem's solemnity and not make it trite.
I don't know whether you are trying for fewer syllables but the word 'tight' should be an adverb, 'tightly,' to be proper grammar. I also think that the semicolon is out of place if you don't want to use any other punctuation including a period at the end.
The most obvious part of this poem is its size and simplicity. It leads to concision, and makes the poem to the point. You haven't embellished it with any flourish or extraneous language. But the brevity also leads to a plain feeling that errs more on the side of a text message than that of a poem. Still, the tiny number of words clearly adds a level of difficulty to the crafting of a poem. You managed to make the point understandable with a bare minimum of space used and that gives the poem a more serious quality. It is easier to believe this is a poem because of forms like the Haiku and the Cinquain. Clearly you have managed a popular style admirably.
I like the simplicity in this poem and the sentiment within the metaphor. I wondered though, why you put 'skin' in the beginning of the fourth line, and not at the end of the third line? Thanks for posting this
glad you like it! i spent a lot of time fiddling around with the lines on this while i was submitting it. each line ending seemed to bother me no matter where i put it, but in the end this was the one i was most comfortable with.