The Roses Died

Writers' Pantry #47 

 

The roses died

Upon the stem

As autumn blew his breath

 

They learned too late

The wise advice

Don’t bloom 

or it means death

  

 

 

 ©2020 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved

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  1. I really love this one. It sounds like a circle of life warning. I can't say that I don't understand the rose. I suspect that they would choose to bloom, even if they knew exactly what frostiness the future would bring.

    Also, your poem brought to mind a photo and poem I shared on Instagram yesterday (autumn vibes everywhere, it seems): https://www.instagram.com/p/CH3PlEilruG/

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    1. Thank you. I do love how you put it there, " fall and spring dancing in circles."

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  2. Perhaps if Autumn were a she, not a he .... rose would join the sisterhood and bloom? Cheers.

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    1. Might be. I see autumn and winter as masculine. Well, winter is "Old Man Winter" and "Jack Frost" comes, so that's for sure!

      Spring is Easter, and that, of course, is Astarte.
      Plus, Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem, Spring, ends,
      "April
      Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers."
      and I picture a flower festooned woman!

      Summer? I'm not sure. As a Leo, albeit a poor one (I hate the limelight, I just like to be right), I still see a male lion, but that's probably just due to images in books etc.

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  3. Ouch. A short punch of reality. Yet, blooming seems worth it.

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    1. It tried, plus it's quite pretty like that.

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  4. Hmmm, how thought-provoking. But not to bloom would mean no life at all.

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  5. A short but a few magnificent moments or the longevity of a prickly pear cactus....Pondering !

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    1. That's a lot of ponder! Although cactus have some of the more magnificent flowers there are, so that would confuse things.

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  6. Do what you can when you can. Let the rose bloom to it's hearts content it knows winter is coming.

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    1. Plants and animals other than human do sense the changes. We don't seem to, so should watch them.

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  7. WOW! What lovely words speaking of a profound truth. Sometimes, one needs to accept and just lie low.
    Loved this. :-)

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  8. I think the rose knows it's job is to bloom gloriously, then drop its petals for a potpouri to be enjoyed until Spring when it's time to bud once more.

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  9. An autumn rose is always a bit of a gamble...

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