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A Sea Of Roses


As far as my eyes can see

there are roses,

full blooming petals

and such a heady scent.

I could look at them

as a romantic gesture -

no doubt that’s how it’s meant.

But instead I see waste,


a simple smile

would have been worth

so much more

than even




Even as I take them in

the petals begin

to dry out

and curl up at the edges.

It won’t take long

for them to fall away,

begin a



and the gesture will be shown up

in its true light of


I’ve never been quite able

to see the connection

between romance

and roses -

except for the letter ‘r’.

Submitted: June 13, 2020

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Mike S.

So true, Hull--show you care by buying shit, excellent!

Sat, June 13th, 2020 7:55pm


Thanks, Mike.Extravagant waste!

Sun, June 14th, 2020 10:41am

Sue Harris

A Valentine's day staple, red Rose's. My son-in-law rushed our to get a bunch for my daughter not long after they were first married. He was not normally one for romantic gestures but she accepted them with surprise and gratitude... until she unwrapped them and discovered they were artificial... he hadn't even realised they were! After reading this poem, perhaps it is kinder that way. Thought provoking poem, Hully.

Sat, June 13th, 2020 7:58pm


They certainly last a lot longer! Thanks for giving this a read, Sue.

Sun, June 14th, 2020 10:43am

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