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A florist looks at a rosebush
One sunny springtime day
And cuts off every perfect rose
And throws the rest away
A child sees the rosebush there
And picks it up to find
one tiny crimson rosebud
A rose, in a small child's mind
He takes the rosebush home with him
And plants it in the ground
Waters it, cares for it
And pulls the weeds around
The rosebud in the centre
Begins to blossom soon
Then new buds begin to form
In the sun of summer's noon
And then in early Autumn's heat
The florist, walking by
Sees the perfect crimson rose
That he had left to die

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by FireSerpent

A wonderful read. Awww and oh so sweet that a child cares for this rosebush to grow when the florist sees nothing there but waste. Love this FireSerpent.

( Posted by: Char [Member] On: June 24, 2004 )

children are amazing when it comes to art and beauty sometimes they see what grown ups don't, its so pure, innocent and full of love. It's a shame of what happens with change, like lost innocence.
Thank you for the appreciation char.

( Posted by: FireSerpent [Member] On: June 24, 2004 )

A'rose' again...Ivor

A very well thought out piece of poetry, I love the meanings this can leave you with.

The taking of all that is wanted for personal gain and walking away from the consequences, leaving a broken thing behind.

The way things undervalued and discarded in life, if nurtured can go on to grow into something beautiful.

Or is the florist a past lover, who now sees what he has missed through past cruel actions.

Plenty of food for thought.

I am not keen on the title though as I feel it tends to be too restrictive almost instucting the reader to accept only one meaning from this piece.

Beauty of poetry is what it lets the reader immagine and this certainly does this,

Well done,


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: June 24, 2004 )

Loved this
when you first wrote this years ago, and love it still. I agree with all the comments that are here J. C. Grandma Eva would be proud of this.

( Posted by: Dareva [Member] On: June 24, 2004 )

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