Written for:  Poets United 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.


You cannot
save a dying rose,
but suppose
you hang it
upside down. Dry petals make
fragrant potpourri.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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14 Responses to Roses

  1. I love that, even dying, roses offer beauty in dried petal potpourri…………


  2. Susan says:

    Sometimes I remember to do that … Thank you for saving the moment.


  3. Sumana Roy says:

    Their after life moments are also so beautiful. Well captivated, Sara.


  4. oldegg says:

    I live in a first floor apartment and do miss my old garden with roses. Perhaps I will get a rose in a pot to put on my balcony!


  5. mhmp77 says:


    It sustains its existence even dried up of energy but not its aesthetics! Very much so, Sara!



  6. Hopeful says:

    I like how you ended your rose poem with something good out of it. Very triumphant and positive. Happy Thanksgiving…


  7. Sarah Lea Stories says:

    Lovely. A rose’s second life, a rose, repurposed.


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