Legend of the Rose of Ice and the Rose of Life

The following poem was written in conjunction with my latest Romance release, Taming of the Rose. I used a stanza for the video trailer but this is the first time the entire poem has been posted anywhere. Like the novella, it is based in part on historical events as well as European pagan legend.


Legend of the Rose of Ice and the Rose of Life


Kingdoms of greed, politics insure

crusaders of Rome target the heathen impure

to mark as evil both neighbor and kin,

no matter how blood ties their actions offend

as the favor of God they believe they incur

for even hospitable pagans are just heretical blood shed.


To this end White Rose lays out her couture

with a halo of piety as blinding coiffure,

aroused to action like the self-martyred dead

to bring eternal winter her alliances are bred;

a fabric of deceit her sly hands conjure

a thorn of ice her spindle doth thread.


Abstinence’s glory, misdirection’s lure

burgeoning bright by curses obscure;

fate entwined with the blushing Rose Red

planted and growing on one trellis bed;

but resenting, hating her sister’s allure-

to chastity glacial Rose bows her head.


Rose of White, cold petals pure,

Attracts evil’s glance by her demure;

for hunger of power she garbs in dread

to stop the prince and see him dead,

before he brings his land the cure

by taming her sister, Rose of Red.


Ice and snow, frosted heart mature

yet woodland gods and fey are sure

the Queen of Malice is soon to wed,

as soon as her foe’s blood is shed.

But in the Rose of Life pagan faith endures:

That Liberty and Love flower where Desire has led.


© 2011 by Beth Perry

For more information about the novella, Taming the Rose, you can visit the publisher's page here http://www.beyondthepagepub.com/our_authors.html#howard

Or the Romance website http://anyahoward.com

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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i do wish i can read more of this epic poem...to shed light on the roses...you created a Masterpiece here...


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

You're very sweet raciniwa, thank you.


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Wow. Just... wow. :)


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Lovely, beth. I felt like I was watching the scene play out. I felt like I was sucked back in time...maybe to a past life. :) Thanks for posting this gorgeous poem.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

But thank you, Kitty! I really am glad you enjoyed it :)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

up, awesome, and interesting poem. This is very well written. Thanks for sharing it Beth. Take care.

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