Last week, when my husband Andy and I were discussing what to do on Valentines Day, he said, “It’s on Friday, so roses.” I hesitated a response because I wasn’t certain what he was referring to when he continued, “your Flower Friday blog”. Of course! I certainly have written about roses before (see Flower Fridays: Red Rose), but I can write about roses every week of the year and have plenty to say about them. And there are so many poems that refer to roses—so no problem there. In fact I decided on two poems today. And as Andy knew in an instant, roses are perfectly perfect for the sentiment of Valentines Day.
I love all roses: tiny tea roses, big full blooming heritage varieties, roses still in tight buds, whites, pinks, yellows, and deep red roses of love! Roses mean, “I love you”, “You are perfect”, “Be mine”, “You are my everlasting love”, “I am devoted to you”, and “Marry me”! Happy Valentines Day to all of you, my dear readers.
The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.
Go, lovely rose!
by Edmund Waller
Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me
That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee,
How sweet and fair she seems to be.
Small is the worth
Of beauty from the light retired;
Bid her come forth,
Suffer herself to be desired,
And not blush so to be admired.
Then die! that she
The common fate of all things rare
May read in thee;
How small a part of time they share
That are so wondrous sweet and fair!
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