I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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9 June 2017

A Photo of a Rose














for Shae

This rose, a gift from her lover
(in whose garden tenderly grown)
tells her she too is exquisite –

more treasured than any other.
No longer need she stand alone
to wait, yearn, anticipate, wait….

Roses do not last forever
but love is constantly reborn
in the ever-renewing heart,

not needing as a preserver
poem, photo, or anyone
to assure her that this is right.

Yet for beauty’s sake, moreover
affection, I take it upon
myself to hereby celebrate!

As the rose reflects the giver
equally with the gifted one,
I rejoice that now you are met.


Written for the Poetic Asides rimas dissolutas challenge.

And linked to Poets United's Poetry Pantry #357

27 comments:

  1. but love is constantly reborn
    in the ever-renewing heart,

    A rose has a way of getting the giver more satisfaction than the one who receives!

    Hank

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  2. How lovely when one is "met". Fave lines: "love is constantly reborn in the ever-renewing heart."

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  3. Aah, so romantic. (and I see your cleverness - "er"}

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  4. What a beautiful message. It is great that love can be reborn and renewed. There is always hope!!

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  5. "As the rose reflects the giver / equally with the gifted one," Such beautiful lines to be treasured forever...

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  6. There's an inner essence of a rose, that symbolizes, love, strength, and beauty, one can't find in other flowers. Is it any wonder, it's the "go to" flower, to celebrate great emotional events, in our lives, whether they be sad or joyous.

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  7. How beautifully you have written this Rosemary.

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  8. I like how you have captured her certainty and spirit

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  9. Such gorgeously penned half rhymes here, Rosemary!!❤️ Especially love; "Roses do not last forever but love is constantly reborn in the ever-renewing heart." *Swooooon*❤️

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    1. Sanaa, I was somewhat influenced by your poetic style in this piece, e.g. the construction of the second line, and some of the language. When I had trouble fitting what I wanted to say into the form, I tried to think of how you might say it, and that helped. Glad it worked!

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    2. Oh gosh! That's incredible😍 I am so honored that you were influenced by my style of writing here. It's a gorgeous poem, Rosemary❤️ I am so glad it worked out for you! Big hugs😍

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    3. Because English is not your first language, you find new creative ways of using it which would not occur to those of us who grew up with it. So I learn from you new possibilities.

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  10. I, for one, am glad that love is constantly reborn, even though its most powerful symbol, the rose, doesn't last forever.

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  11. Yes indeed Rosemary - how Iove roses to and all they represent, which you've rendered here so beautifully here - perfect for an early summer afternoon, when my roses are in full bloom - TRhank you...

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  12. not needing as a preserver
    poem, photo, or anyone
    to assure her that this is right.
    .... yes!! love that....

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  13. The rose is the bridge to two hearts here in your poem. So romantic. Yum

    Have a nice Sunday Rosemary

    Much love...

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  14. Like the Rose, love may not last forever, but forever we can be gratiful for it's coming, and its renewal.

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  15. A beautiful poem with a beautiful message...love reborn. :)

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  16. "love is constantly reborn", indeed... especially when hearts make sure of it.

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  17. The rose, like love, is a gift for the giver and for the receiver. Beautifully expressed.

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  18. This is so pretty, photo and poem both.

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  19. Lovely. I like the picture and the words are so beautifully combined. Love how you express love's renewal.

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  20. A lovely, melodious piece ... the rhyming scheme: mesmerizing.

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    1. Such a lovely gift of remembrance you have given your friend,

      Elizabeth

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