A Sonnet Unfolds

Cliff1066 Flickr creative commons   2     Attribution     Next Roses de Nice on a Table, 1882 by Henri Fantin-Latour, oil on canvas
Cliff1066 Flickr creative commons 2 Attribution Next Roses de Nice on a Table, 1882 by Henri Fantin-Latour, oil on canvas


A Sonnet unfolds I suppose

A little song with feet I am advised

A Sonnet to pay tribute to the Rose

Symbol of love, so dearly prized


The Rose a thorny thing with gnarled root

Magically transcends its earthy briar

Charms us with its heavy fruit

Fragrant scent as it climbs higher


The Rose a symbol of perfection

Embodies both sweetness and deception.


♥ ♥ ♥



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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Happy, peaceful, healthy 2014, snakeslane - wonderful to see you today.

Thank you for this gentle, sweet and tender piece, a forever reminder of my Momma. To listen to this classic song is truly a morning feast - Wynonna is a perfect coupling with Bette!

Sending wishes for a lovely day. Hugs, mar


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Good morning snakeslane. Happy New Year to you. What an interesting piece you have written here. The rose symbolizes so much.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

How beautiful…the unfolding rose with its colors of love and sweetness -- and deceptive pierce if we are not careful; much like life. This is exquisite!

Good wishes for a wonderful New Year. :-)


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Fascinating rose and poem! May 2014 meet all your expectations, my dear Snakeslane :)


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Dear Mar, Thank you for making the Mother connection...so appreciate you being here to comment! 2014 here we go! All the best to you sweet lady.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Hello mckbbks, Interesting is a good start to the day, thank you very much! I was thinking this poem would have fit well at Emerald Wells Speakeasy, I wonder who would have written it...lol. Happy New Year from rainy Vancouver Island!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hi snakeslane, sounds like Gabby would have made this poem work, so full of richness.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Ms Genna from the East you are too kind, I owe you many visits, thank you for encouragement, and Happy New Year!


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Martie, Merci beaucoup, so nice to see you here in the new year. The search for a Rose image led me to Flickr Creative Commons and then on to the National Gallery of Art which is in the process of digitalizing its vast collection and making the works available licence free. I felt like I had struck gold, so exciting! And the poem, well...I hope to write a real Sonnet someday. Happy New Year to you lady!


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Gabby it is! I miss those Speakeasy Nights mckbbks, so much disclosed by your cherished cast of characters.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

I really enjoyed that, snakes, from that gorgeous roses painting, through your poignant and pungent words about the Rose and the loveliest rendition of the song "The Rose" I've yet to hear. There is something about this whole presentation which rings so true!

And what a pleasure to see you, my friend - a treat to start off 2014!


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Nellianna, good to see you too! I got a bit lost after I started working again (wow, its been almost a year now!) And then a couple of months ago my computer started to slowly crash which ended in a final crash that went on and on, so frustrating! But I managed to get the old girl up and running again with the recovery disks that came with it new, although I lost everything except the bare bones, thank goodness for Hub Pages where I had stored so many photos. So hopefully 2014 will be more fun and I will get to visit with you again! Thanks for the visit Ms Hay, and Happy New Year to you! I really do hope to write a real Sonnet one day...


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Charming, Snakeslane. This is so lovely, but these two lines have such impact:

"Magically transcends its earthy briar

Charms us with its heavy fruit"

Is it because the "fruit" is not fruit, but the flower that precedes the fruit? I don't know, but it creates a picture in my mind of a heavy, lush and moistly fragrant old fashioned flower.

I love it.

Thank you, and a Happy New Year to you, dear friend.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Hugs and kisses, Snakes! I can imagine how involving the work is, especially until one gets everything re-situated in one's routine. But it's just especially frustratating when the computer gets out of sorts! ugh. I'm glad you were able to restore it, but sad to lose your data. Get an external hard drive to back up & set it up to back up regularly! It's a worthwhile investment! Flash drives are good, too, especially for specific items, like photos.

I've not the courage to try a Sonnet; I admire them too much - haha. I smile at your saying you hope to write a 'real' one. "Unfolding" one seems a good, innovative, safe route to get there. Since I've never done it, I've no better comment. ;-)


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

I'm delighted to see you here, Ian! Mwhaaaa! Hope all is well with you!


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Nellieanna, how nice to see you lurking here.

'Tis a wondrous place to lurk, forsooth (says he becoming all quasi Shakespearean in honour of dear Snakleslane, of you, and of the Sonnet form).

Gadzooks, Women, a bounteous Mwaah to you both.

Ian


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Dear Ian, I imagine you are sleeping now, but will respond to your lovely comment forthwith, haha, two can play this Shakespearean foolery. Thank you for loving those two lines, as a matter of fact I have just been consulting my trusty thesaurus only to discover that it is brier, not briar, so shall do a quick edit! Earthy brier and heavy fruit, yes, I did hang the flower on that line, hoping to conjure up the image you describe. Thank you so much for getting it! Mwah right back at you, and good morning!


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Snakeslane, I didn't notice the spelling of "briar" myself, and I, consequently, as it my wont, checked on Wikipaedia (UK spelling) to find this really reassuring entry:

"Briar (also spelt brier) is a common name for a number of unrelated thicket-forming thorny plants, including species in the genera Rosa (Rose), Rubus, and Smilax."

So you were right!

Mwah straight back... with interest.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

I absolutely love the first line, you have covered how I feel when I start the first line of every sonnet I wrote. Very well done Snakeslane it made me smile when I saw that you have given it a try. Jamie


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Nellieanna, you are so right about the back up, sometimes it is frustrating to be me...Thank you for your warm and affectionate greeting by the way! Mwaah to you! Re: Sonnet, I'm feeling good I got this far, the sky's the limit! Cheers!


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Sweet little vignette about a rose. Wishing you a great 2014.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you for the handy lesson on briar Ian, I changed it back, so all is well in my head, and not so much in my thesaurus. Apparently I've been reading the right gardening books, should have trusted my instincts on that one...


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Jamie, so pleased to see you, to have a visit from the esteemed Sonnet maker himself. I have so far to go, miles to go before I sleep, when I think of it I want to weep, and I pray the Lord my soul to keep etc. etc. etc. Cheers Jamie, looking forward to seeing you in 2014.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Ms Blossom SB, Thank you, you are very kind, and I do appreciate your visit and your greeting. Right back at you! A toast to 2014!


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Richawriter 2 years ago from On Top of the World

Hey!

Snakeslane, a poet quietly

Writes poems heartfelt, from within

Met me, smiling amiably

Adventurous eyes twinkling

A memory engraved in stone

Times of war, meeting sudden peace

This figure came, appeared alone

Leaving life a new and welcome lease

Sorry, I'm a little late. I picked up a flu bug and boy did it get me down.

I'm back though.

You write poetry, lots of it. I've never been a poet or very good at judging poetry but in reading yours, I'd say you are a great writer with a love or rhyme.

Happy New Year!!

Richard


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Kisses to you, beloved Ian. Your Shakespearean lapse does our Snakeslane honor; and that bounteous Mwaah is embraced and treasured, and is hereby returned! Mwaah!!

Snakes, first of all -being you is what’s so great about you. No need for frustration. Anyone else trying it would have reason to be frustrated! You have the monopoly!

You’re WAY ahead of me, sonnet wise. It’s not unlike haiku. I’m not scared to try so much as too awed to try either one. It’s even a bit like playing the violin would be for me. I know just enough about each of these skills to give them the honor they deserve by realizing that I’m not up to or to trying to fulfill their requirements, I think. Not ready, anyhow. I admire those who do, though! Nothing ventured, nothing gained and one must start where one is. The sky really is the limit! Ahem - in my case — well - let me not fully describe my ineptitude! :-) Better that I stick to what I do do (oops that didn’t sound right! haha) - at least for the time being; or perhaps, should I say, the time remaining. Oh, I don’t know. There is lots of time, so long as one has NOW. It's all there ever is and there is no limit on it! We have much for which to be thankful! Hugs.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Hey Richawriter, What a fine poem you pen! Thank you very much...I remember well the situation you refer to, it seemed a little harsh given the time of year, Christmas cheer and all that, I felt the photo I submitted would be apropos as you could read the future into it and you did a good job in many ways. My career has been in writing, and in later life I'm doing care. I think you pegged me quite well, but didn't want to open that conversation given the mood of the thread, but Thanks again, much appreciated!


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Nellieanna!I I Approve and Reply: I feel like that about everything I try, but I do try! I went skiing (on the bunny hill on my 40th birthday), I got my arm caught up in the rope tow and nearly pulled it off (my arm!) then making my way down the tiny hill I very nearly crashed, went straight to the clubhouse and had a glass of beer or something to calm my nerves. On another birthday around that time I went windsurfing, (deathly afraid of water!) I got swept over and the sail fell on top of me when I was under! Needless to say I never skied or windsurfed again. But Poetry, easy peasy! No not at all, but when one makes a breakthrough it is exciting nest pas. My keyboard is programed in bilingual and I've lost my question mark...


Sueswan 2 years ago

Hi snakeslane

On a cold bitter day your lovely Sonnet warmed my senses.

Voted up and beautiful

Take care

Sue


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Hello Sue! Worried about you, pretty tough weather you are having there, hope you are managing to get through it alright, stay safe! PS: Thanks!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Losing one's question mark is among the prime disasters! Ouch!

But, seriously - I'm impressed and appalled at your experiences skiing and windsurfing. Yikes!

Yes, making a breakthrough is exciting. One I vividly remember is finally and seemingly suddenly being able to play Burt Bacharach's beat on the piano. The thrill of it still excites me after some 40 years or so.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Nellieanna, Yes, I sound assertive without the question mark! Here we are talking in real time, all the way from Texas, love it. Warm here compared to the rest of the country, a bit of frost, now back to rain.

Monday, first Monday of the new year and I was up early to get ready for work, did a load of laundry and wouldn't you know it, my dryer broke! So off I go across the street to my neighbours to dry my clothes, good start to the work week! I'm hoping its an easy fix, hoping just the pulley broke. Lost without my dryer, but lucky to have an accommodating neighbour. Her dryer is in her basement, she didn't even notice I was there, her dog didn't bark either, so I didn't disturb them, good thing. A few minutes late for work though. Congratulations on getting the Burt Bacharach beat!


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Senoritaa 2 years ago

I am personally a huge fan of sonnets, and especially because they are particularly difficult to write. Your poetry is wonderful.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

I hold my breath every time I do laundry, my equipment is so antiquated. Sorry to hear of your dryer conking out, but it was great that your neighbor's was available. Not much worse than a bunch of wet clothes, no dryer & no outdoors possibilities. I'd simply hate to have to hang out the stuff, though it makes for a lovely natural fresh-air-and-sunshine smell. But thank goodness for dryers - when they're working!

I need to resume playing or Bacharach will take leave! ;-)


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Senoritaa, good to see you. I think I am a fan of the Sonnet, at least I was until I tried to write one, one foot at a time!


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Nellianna, a belt is fixable, but not sure if I can do it, another challenge, there seems to be no end of, thinking a new dryer would be nice. I've got to get me one of those Sears cards, meanwhile very lucky to have dryer access across the street, Whew! Play on Nellieanna.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Shocked to not see me here because I have read this and watched this beautiful video. Sometimes I think I write the comment then listen to the video and leave forgetting to post. Very sorry, really beautiful. ^+


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Jackie, No apology necessary, look at me taking ten days to reply to you! Thank you so much for reading :).


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Hello Snakeslane.

I'm back again to submerge myself in this really evocative work. Loved it now as much as I did then.

Fondest regards to one of my favourite Hubbers.

Ian


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Good afternoon Ian, you old sweet talker you... Thanks for coming back, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. :) Hope you are well. Mwah!


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Mwah! to you too.

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