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Author Name: Freeborderline_mary 8 Comments
Date Added: February 27, 2010 13:02:12 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Type: Rhyming
Category: Philosophy Add To Favorites | Text Only
The Wise Rose
Black on black, unseen, unknown,
Growing in a garden lone,
Seeking out a crypt of bone
And silent in its seeming.

A simple rose it saw below,
A beauty it had yet to know,
Reminding of a land of snow
With blood upon it gleaming.

And seized by jealous apathy,
The blackness lingered by the tree
To watch the rose so silently―
It dreamed forlorn and bitter.

The rose, it told of many things;
The symbol of what loving brings,
A flower to be given wings
Or borne upon a litter.

The blackness, held in wonder's thrall,
Implored the rose to tell it all,
But no more answered nothing's call
The rose, in wisdom blooming.

In vain the darkness pled and cried
Only to find the rose had died―
Nor may a rose forever bide,
But fade into the glooming.

And so the darkness goes its way,
Bereft of reason there to stay,
And nowhere to its burdens lay,
Nor ever solace finding.

The black-on-black forever flows,
A soul that only torment knows.
It seeks the wisdom of the rose
To loose it from its binding.
Author's Notes:
I've been vaguely hesitant to post this, because of various issues in the past, but it's one of my favorite older poems.  Written as a sort of philosophical exploration of two different personalities.
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Comment By: FreeBlack on January 31, 2012 01:53:45 PM Report
I L O V E your rhyme scheme. Absolutely enthralling. Thanks for this awesome write~

Comment By: FreeKarl Berry on October 21, 2011 05:34:02 PM Report
I was taken to another way of think-ing very nice work.....Patch.....!.
Comment By: PremiumDavid Turner on January 13, 2011 03:11:33 PM Report
Dear Violin Lady,
         This is a wonderful piece. All the complex overtones remind me so much of Blake's 'The Rose' - it has the same poignant atmosphere. Are you the Rose or the Black Death? Why would anyone take issue with this?

I confess I can be both, both Rose and Black Death. So I think really this is about attitudes to life, being life affirming or death phobic. 

'The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,

Though to itself it only live and die,' 

from Sonnet 94 by Old Bill, though perhaps this, which I found searching for the above quote,seems more appropriate:-

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright.


O God! isn't that so beautiful? Makes you sick and decide to give up writing!


Comment By: Freealisha on June 3, 2010 10:12:50 PM Report
loved it :-) , i hope to see you write many beautiful poems like this one :-). CONGRATULATIONS well deserved award.


Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on June 2, 2010 09:14:04 PM Report
Well done. And congratulations on your Featured Poem award. ML
Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on June 1, 2010 01:35:58 PM Report
Very nicely written....Congratulations upon winning the Award~!!
Margaret...the Baglady

Comment By: FreeAndrew on June 1, 2010 10:06:16 AM Report
i'm glad you decided to post this and i believe the results bear out the wisdom of your decision.  excellent work, richly deserving of the award - congratulations!
Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on June 1, 2010 08:04:13 AM Report
Very big congratulations for the Feature Poem Award.  Keep up the GREAT writes.


Lady Dragonwyck


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