A Single Blood Red Rose

The roses blood red

grew in her garden

day and day out

their perfume wafted about

blood red roses

that delighted the eye

grew graciously

she’d often sit

in the garden

admiring their majesty

summer came and went

quickly that year

the roses that were so dear

seemed to wither on the trellis

until only one remained

as the autumn leaves fell

it valiantly held position

all around in colors of

orange, yellow and red

one blood red rose

fighting to stay alive

as the north winds blew in

she watched from her window

as that rose swung along

with the winds swirling about

it didn’t wither

didn’t lay its head down

she wondered when it would die

sadly knowing that it must be soon

then one day

the grey, leaden sky

opened up wide

silvery, lacy snowflakes

came dancing with the wind

they swirled about

in a wild dance

soon a blanket of white

was upon the ground

she went to see the last rose

there upon the white snow

was the blood red rose

like a spot of blood

on the pristine white

but she smiled just knowing

that the rose would grow again

and be the queen of her summer days

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annart 14 months ago from SW England

Wow! That is so beautiful. I can see that rose, blood red against the snow. It really is amazing that sometimes one solitary rose will cling on, like the thorns which cling to everything. I too watch the flowers and never clip then until they've totally withered or just drop off in the wind. Brilliant!


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whonunuwho 14 months ago from United States

Nicely written my friend and such a wonderful tribute to the human spirit. whonu

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always exploring 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

Of course I'm listening to ' The Rose ' which I adore! your poetry is beautiful as well as hopeful. Loved it.

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bravewarrior 14 months ago from Central Florida

This is my favorite Bette Midler song. Your poem accompanies it well, Rasma.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 14 months ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you Ann.

Thank you Whonu.

Thank you Ruby.

It was her song that inspired Shauna.

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Surabhi Kaura 14 months ago

Ah - lovely!

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Genna East 14 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

So beautiful! And the Bette Midler song is the perfect complement to a perfect poem.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 14 months ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you Surabhi.

Glad you enjoyed this Genna.

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