My Rose; My Thorn. A Sonnet to my Brother Al (Word 55)

morning Star


To my Brother Al With Love

The rose
The rose | Source
The rise of the thorn
The rise of the thorn | Source



Much Love, my Friend Al

O my rose sublime! O nature’s beauty!

Your unparalleled allure continues,

To captivate the radiance of the Soul.

O morning’s star; O evening’s glory,

The emerging enchantment of the dawn;

The soothing glimmer of yon horizon,

Waltzes with the wafts of thy cute blossoms.

O piercing thorn, you remove the inner scars

Of septic wounds, dining in my darkness.

Sweet rose, O paragon of excellence,

You remind me of the supernal Light.

O prickly thorn, conduit of the Beloved,

You both dance in remedial Silence

In Love’s rapture, to make me whole again.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. ©Copyrighted 1st October, 2016.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~

Human darkness and Wisdom

Human darkness is like a thorn entering into a limb, and so another may be required to get rid of it. This second thorn is a temporary saving Grace. Eventually we throw them both away in order to avoid or create more problems.

Wisdom always have to enter the picture, for it is the intelligence of the Soul. (Paraphrased from the writings of my Guru Sri Chinmoy).



The Rose

The rose is a universal symbol of beauty and indeed quintessentially exquisite for both paramours and funeral agencies alike. It is indeed held in the highest esteem. God's charm and charisma exudes there to the fullest and it is one of His most natural gifts to aspiring humanity. Praise be!!



Roses and thorns

Are they both useful in your experience?

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  • Perhaps
  • Most certainly
  • Enhances growth
  • Not at all
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Musical Rapture

© 2016 manatita44

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billybuc 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

Here I am, limping in days late. Such are weekends for this writer. I tend to put my writing brain away for the weekends....but I am reliable, so here I am late.

One thing to say about Al.....blessings!

One thing to say about!

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MsDora 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

I especially like the allegory of the thorn. "This second thorn is a temporary saving Grace." Real profound lessons in this sonnet from one progressive soul to another.

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manatita44 2 weeks ago from london Author

Thanks Bill. No, you're not late. Hub Pages held it for a day anyway. Moderators, they tell me. Good man, Al. Perhaps just slightly less busier than you. Gratitude.

Hi Dee, you got it figured right. I'm basically showing that both Light and Ignorance are from the Divine. I use the beauty of the rose and the sting of adversity to do this. Have a great Sunday!

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shanmarie 2 weeks ago from Texas

Roses are my favorite flowers. I love all of the colors of them, but blue and violet are my favorite rose colors. I know that blue roses do no exist naturally in nature and that they are more of a violet color in nature, but they are still beautiful to me.

I'm working on an a scrapbook page for a bride. I'm in her wedding this coming Saturday and the scrapbook is a gift from the bridesmaids. I was sent supplies to use since I couldn't make the party they had. One of the background pages was of leaves to color. I colored them in various shades of green and then drew a rose that I cut out and placed in the center. I'm not sure what else I will include. Perhaps a poem or a note of some kind. But so far I like it. You might just have inspired to me to write something for her about thorns and roses and the growth that comes from them, beauty in both.

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manatita44 2 weeks ago from london Author

Nice. I have an Ode to The Rose here. Unless she is as spiritual as you, she may not get the metaphorical intent here. So go only for beauty. It's her wedding after all.

You have my permission to take what you need from the rose aspect here. Leave out the thorns. Then look at my Ode to The Rose. The picture at the end will make a great cutting. I think it's called the Soul of the Rose.

Take ideas from both poems, write a Sonnet, then use glossy paper to print post Microsoft art work. Get a cute picture frame and enclose the whole thing for her. I do this sometimes and people love them.

The rose is a blessed gift from the Divine and touches many Hearts. Higher blessings and best wishes for the wedding.

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Venkatachari M 2 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

A beautiful sonnet with a good allegory of roses and thorns. Thorns give pain as well as experience to bear the burdens of life and they make you strong and well prepared. Roses are a soothing delight to the heart and act as a balm to the body and soul. A nice dedication to word 55.

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manatita44 2 weeks ago from london Author

So Sweet of you, Bro. You understand my poem, my Brother Venkatachari M. Gratitude... lots. Hari Om Tat Sat!

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Nellieanna 2 weeks ago from TEXAS

This is a wonderful tribute to your friend!

I love that you give due consideration to the rose's thorns, as well as to her exquisite beauty and lovely inspiration for poets and philosophers.

I mean, think about it. Thorns are essential for roses. They serve to protect them. They are not there to thwart people. We know how to admire, respect and appreciate the roses’ beauty and avoid being affected by the thorns, but not if we hastily try to overcome the flower! I wrote a poem about just that once.


Do not grab a rosebud;

Thorns await impatience.

The rose


Its petals

As it will.

You can prompt it not.

If you try to capture it,

The only play of colors

You'll achieve

Are from rips and tears

In your own hands.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Natural things are equipped with protection against predators. There are absolute worst predators themselves, such as alligators. Then there is the innocent rose which hurts almost nothing and that, only if it's being grabbed and accosted, and even then, it has only little green thorns for protection!

So it’s important to include their God-given thorns when giving praises to roses. I’m glad you did, Manatita! Hugs.

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shanmarie 2 weeks ago from Texas

Thanks, friend. That's very generous of you. Not sure I could do a decent sonnet, though. I am more freestyle in just about everything I do creatively, actually. I just sort of find my own rhythms as I go. Can't help it. They just come out that way. I do think she would get the metaphor, though. Something along the lines of how the beauty of the flower and of the thorns both go hand in hand in love and life, too.

Of course, your quote above about a heaven-delivered rose might work well, too. . . Hmmmm much to think about this week.

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manatita44 2 weeks ago from london Author

Well Shanmarie, you explain it very well indeed. I am - like you - very creative. Most spiritual seekers are. Use your gift. Would be definitely better, I'm sure. Much Love.

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manatita44 2 weeks ago from london Author

Yes, Thank you, Nellieanna. (I lost my comment to you a.m) Your poem is very beautiful indeed, but then that's nothing new. I truly enjoy your work.

Also very interesting insight. I wanted to use the rose as a sublime symbol and the thorn as an adversary or adversity, contrasting them first, then bringing them together metaphorically to show that both are essential to growth; bot are Love's or God's instruments.

Your seem to take a slightly different viewpoint as you are thinking of the thorn of the rose. Beautiful! I chose a lady with thorns for my picture to indicate the allure of desire, greed, power, passion and attachments among other things. Ultimately, all is His, all is and comes from the Beloved, like the rose and its thorns. Nice comment.

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Nellieanna 2 weeks ago from TEXAS

I definitely see and appreciate your viewpoint about the rose! I see no conflict in both viewpoints, in fact. Many of God's creatures are used metaphorically to portray the evil temptations which beset human beings, such as the Serpent. Yet in nature, even serpents merely do what they are created to do and must do to survive. So both perceptions hold true. There are no real conflicts in God's creation, except through our own perceptions and, sometimes, our fears. To embrace it all, we must surrender to it all.

To be alive,

Surrendering to life


For life

Is no opponent

Unto Life.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Just a little background though, actually when I read your hub, I'd just watched a video on The Weather Channel giving advice what to do if confronted with various serious real threats. There was an extensive video about being confronted with an alligator, which is among the worst predators there is and one I'd hope to never confront. Made me glad I'm a desert rat!

It mentioned that 1) gators' heritage goes back to the dinosaurs or before and 2) that they're still around because they do 2 things extremely well: survive and kill. Shudder.

The advise on being confronted with one was that the best thing to do is to run away in a straight line as fast as one can, which is about the only chance one has. Humans run about 12 miles per hour and gators run about 20 miles per hour, but can do so only for a very limited distance, so if one gets a little head start, it's possible to escape being devoured when the gator runs out of steam.

Gators will eat anything, it said, living or dead. Shudder again. Horrid creatures. I can still picture that beast in the video lying in wait and then rushing at its prey with its hideousness and terrible teeth. I almost wish I hadn't thought about it again! Yet the creature does what it was equipped to do and must do to have survived for millions of years. A reminder of how a serpent is, too. Both are reptiles.

So when I read your lovely hub and its presentation of the rose, I was struck by thinking of the comparative innocence of the rose with its thorns which are part of its survival, as well, yet which are so easily avoidable and so relatively gentle, while it mainly gives itself generously in all its wondrous beauty and reality which comes from the Beloved, as you say so beautifully.

One who loves

Gives it forth -

Like roses, their perfume.

But a silken rose

Is odorless - 

Regardless of its bloom.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Anyway, I apologize for imposing the distraction of my viewpoint right here on your comment thread. I truly was loving your poem and its imagery and I still do! Thank you for understanding and being so sweet and generous. At least you can know that it stirred a real response! Hugs.

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manatita44 2 weeks ago from london Author

Actually i do appreciate your viewpoint too. It ties in with my poem beautifully. We are both using thorns and yours is even closer. Alligators! I did not know that they could outrun us. We need Usain Bolt, eh? (smile) Hope you did not panic! Feels grim!

Your rose poem is cool, too. Perhaps shanmarie may get more ideas for the coming wedding of her friend. Thank you for your loving response once again. Much Love, my Dear Friend.

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Nellieanna 2 weeks ago from TEXAS

I moved on past the alligator, but it was a vivid mental image! They can run faster but if we have a head start, they can't outrun us, due to their quite short 'spurt' of speed which runs out faster than ours does. The article was also disposing of occasional ill-advice to try to stay and stare one down or to run in a zig-zag line, each of which would furnish the reptile a tasty meal! haha.

Thanks for appreciating my viewpoint. It's funny in a way that I'd also been captured and had contemplated roses and their thorns so long ago, though it was related to my own experience with being roughly 'manhandled' at the time.

Love to you!

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manatita44 2 weeks ago from london Author

Thank you. Make so much sense. They come to me for no particular reason other than as a good way of service; of inspiration ... but yes, I'm sure I've had my share of being manhandled. That poor woman in Paris. A real nightmare!!

Love to you, too. I have had a couple of long days. Goodnight for now. Best wishes.- Manatita

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Nellieanna 2 weeks ago from TEXAS

Hugs. Hope you got some good and well-deserved rest!

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manatita44 2 weeks ago from london Author

Thanks my Dear. Out again today all day. 2318 hrs now. So perhaps I'll sleep in half hour or so. Thank you once again.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 13 days ago from Riga, Latvia

A most wonderful poetic and colorful tribute.

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manatita44 13 days ago from london Author

Gypsy, I thank you so much! Much Love.

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manatita44 12 days ago from london Author

So shanmarie today is the day, right? All my Love and best wishes.- Manatita

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shanmarie 11 days ago from Texas

Today was the day. She was a beautiful bride. The bridesmaids were beautiful. Groom and groomsmen all handsome. Roses were even part of our bouquets.

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manatita44 11 days ago from london Author

Ah, the rose! Again it sounds like you wish you were starting again! Actually some married re-commit, don't they? Will cost a bit.

So happy that it all went so well. I'm jealous.

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Surabhi Kaura 10 days ago from Toronto, Canada

Beautiful! Loved the analogy of Rose here. So important! A cardinal principle of life, and one that must be taught ab initio. Om Shanti.

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manatita44 10 days ago from london Author

Hi again. In this case beauty and pain go together... are interwoven, like Light and darkness. So happy when folks see what Im trying to do or say. Only Love.

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manatita44 10 days ago from london Author

Hi again. In this case beauty and pain go together... are interwoven, like Light and darkness. So happy when folks see what Im trying to do or say. Only Love.

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vkwok 10 days ago from Hawaii

I'm glad I took the time to check this poem out. Amazing weaving of words, Manatita.

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manatita44 10 days ago from london Author

I thank you, Victor and I always remember you with much Love. Thank you for your very loving sentiment. Much Peace.

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bravewarrior 6 days ago from Central Florida

Roses have thorns to keep danger away from the delicate blossoms. On the other hand, thorns are the rose's defense mechanism. One complements the other and both hold peaceful, vengeful qualities - whatever is needed for survival. People are much the same.

This hub is very thought-provoking, Manatita. I'm sure Al is very proud.

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manatita44 6 days ago from london Author

Thank you Shauna. I, m saying that both Light and shadow are interwoven... complementary, like the rose and it's thorns; but essentially the thorns of life and Love.

Al is yet to visit, I believe. Is work cool? Much Love from Germany.

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bravewarrior 6 days ago from Central Florida

Work is work, my friend. It's something I have to do in order to keep afloat. At least I have good friends at work and have met many others in the building. I've made lots of friends. That makes work not so tedious and stressful. I look forward to the day I don't have to work in order to survive. (Is there such a thing?????)

Germany? What are you doing there? You seem to be bouncing around the globe lately.

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fpherj48 5 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Man..UR poetry is always so beautiful & touching. U R gifted.

Oh and Sha, GF....between you & me? I would never lie to U...NO, there is no such thing as not having to work to survive! Drat!!

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manatita44 5 days ago from london Author

Shauna. Spiritual retreat. Usual stuff. Lots of Silence.Much Love and good to hear of work. Never stops.

Fpherj48, wonderful sentiments from you. Thank you so much!!

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word55 4 days ago from Chicago

Thanks again Manatita, I am amazingly honored by yet, another poem/sonnet written from the core of heart and all pieces of great art. What a perfect depiction of life: the rose with thorns. The rose must be handled gingerly in order to avoid the adversarial thorns. It is not to be taken for granted and neither should the intangible beauty of our God. I appreciate to the fullest, the amazing music piece of pure comfort, tranquility and it’s mental and physical healing qualities as well. I want

Yes, I am most grateful. I also agree with the sentiments of everyone's comments here. This brother is like none other. He keeps coming back, he has a spirit that is of creative love. This brother also, allowed me to put music to one of his most beautiful poems on the hub/sonnet of lady, CrsSp (Ode To The Red Rose). The song is "A Song To My Beloved." I hope you take the time to hear it and enjoy.

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manatita44 4 days ago from london Author

Thank you Al. A most heartfelt comment and I appreciate this very much. Yes, some have heard your music to my poem. Needs more. At Heidleberg airport. Bless you Bro.

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