Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ The Flower: Rose

   “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet” — William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2.


“Can anyone remember love? It’s like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume.”— Arthur Miller

Midweek Motif ~ The Flower Rose

Say it with Roses today.
Write whatever it means to you. You might even focus on its thorns if you so wish.

Such a gentle, beautiful and aristocratic flower has deep rooted ties not only with love but also with religion and politics.

In April, 2011, NASA celebrated its 21st anniversary by releasing an image of spiral galaxies positioned in a rose-like shape.


Now a few Rose poems for you:

Song of the Rose
by Sappho

IF Zeus chose us a King of the flowers in his mirth, 
He would call to the rose, and would royally crown it; 
For the rose, ho, the rose! is the grace of the earth, 
Is the light of the plants that are growing upon it! 
For the rose, ho, the rose! is the eye of the flowers, 
Is the blush of the meadows that feel themselves fair, 
Is the lightning of beauty that strikes through the bowers 
On pale lovers that sit in the glow unaware. 
Ho, the rose breathes of love! ho, the rose lifts the cup 
To the red lips of Cypris invoked for a guest! 
Ho, the rose having curled its sweet leaves for the world 
Takes delight in the motion its petals keep up, 
As they laugh to the wind as it laughs from the west. 

My Pretty Rose Tree
by William Blake

A flower was offered to me,
Such a flower as May never bore; 
But I said 'I've a pretty rose tree,'
And I passed the sweet flower o'er.

Then I went to my pretty rose tree,
To tend her by day and by night; 
But my rose turned away with jealousy,
And her thorns were my only delight. 

Nobody Knows This Little Rose
by Emily Dickinson 

Nobody knows this little Rose—
It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it—
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey—
On its breast to lie—
Only a Bird will wonder—
Only a Breeze will sigh—
Ah Little Rose—how easy
For such as thee to die! 

 Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community—
                (Next week Susan’s Midweek Motif will be ~ Bittersweet)     



  1. Have a wonderful poetic Wednesday everyone!

  2. I am struggling with a high pre-Christmas high workload, everyone, so I am tardy in getting to your blogs. I couldn't resist this week's topic, however...

  3. This is just awesome, i have written a lot of 'rose' poems yet prompted today i have to think about it, So i'll be back later with my new rose poem

    Have a lovely Wednesday and a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow, every one

    much love

  4. Lovely prompt and impressive image of spiral galaxies. Thanks Sumana for the inspiration. :-)

  5. Inspired in ten different directions. How subtly Emily rues death and insignificance! All these poems are surprises. Love it!

  6. Happy Wednesday everyone! Enjoy that feast tomorrow! #blessedThanksgiving to you and yours!

  7. Thanks for the prompt, Sumana. I am looking forward to reading everyone's responses. For those in the US, have a lovely Thanksgiving. We snowbirds had ours early in October.

  8. Happy Wednesday, Poets! Came back to PU after a hiatus. Haven't been keeping too well lately. So, I had to keep myself away from posting my poems here. Missed you guys!
    I am trying to bounce back, writing my stuff ...Thanks to my passion for poems, I thoroughly enjoyed the process today. Thank you, Sumana for the prompt. I look forward to reading the other entries....:)))

    1. Panchali,
      It is so good to see you here too. I know from our interactions at Facebook, that you have had a bad time recently.
      My good wishes are sent to you. Eileen

    2. Thank you so much, Eileen for your warm wishes! It always feels good to come back here. I love PU😊

  9. Sumana,

    A lovely subject as the prompt for this week.
    Hello to Everyone and thank you for the kind welcome back to Poets United. Eileen

  10. Happy Thanksgiving Eve, Poets. Thanks, Sumana, for this prompt. I’ve posted a Haibun that features another way we use Rose’s: as a way to say goodbye.

  11. I saw the prompt and knew I would have to write something. So here is my humble offering. Wishing those who are celebrating tomorrow a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Sorry I am late Sumana.
    I woke with the story in my head and it took all day to get it right.

    1. What a fantastic story it was! Love how word by word you built it with the nurturing care like the girl with the rose. Its end is another beginning.An amazing response to the prompt, X.


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