This Poem was Submitted By: Rebecca Lee On Date: 2004-02-29 11:15:43 . . . Click Here To Mail this Poem to a Friend!

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Growing a Rose

i found my rose later than most. i love it's strength and hardiness it has weathered many storms. thorns? yes - they are soft most of the time, then sometimes without warning, they strike out drawing blood, scarring, yet they create joy, it is always beautiful.... always. because after all. this is my rose... it has taken root and is growing strong in my heart. ~~ i am a rose  in someone's heart too. a late bloomer that's me. i try to be beautiful and postive always but sometimes the thorns  i've hidden? well. i let them out to scratch and claw at the most unexpected times. still i know the heart the one true sweet heart, that let me in will believe me always  beautiful and love me anyway.

Copyright © February 2004 Rebecca Lee

Additional Notes:
This was written for my husband and partner and down to earth love ~

This Poem was Critiqued By: Regis L Chapman On Date: 2004-03-02 10:51:02
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.17857
I like the metaphor clearly displayed in the image of the rose. It's a feminine image through and through so it makes me think that your husband must have a clear understanding of that aspect of himself as well. This makes me think of my own marriage since we got married quite late in life comparitively, neither of us having been married before. It's a nice summary of various aspects of true intimacy. Thanks, REEG!

This Poem was Critiqued By: Claire H. Currier On Date: 2004-03-01 08:55:06
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.50000
Hi Rebecca......if this is a first posting here at the link, welcome.....I do not recall finding your name before......this is a wonderful piece....the title caught my attention and since I adore roses it brought me in for the the way you associated the rose with yourself.......I have written a few poems about the rose and they bring such joy to my heart....... love the way you associate the sturdyness of the rose and the late blooming effect it is indeed something to cherish. I had a rose bush that bloomed once in late November and when it did the snow fell and covered it gently and it was breathtaking to behold......further I enjoyed the way you referenced yourself to the rose....for indeed you are like a rose and each day your petals unfold bringing forth the inner beauty of your soul. You are fortunate to have a man who has seen this beauty and appreciates you for who you are......this is a lovely tribute not only to him but to the both of you. Looking forward to more of your work......good structure, nice word flow, images appear from the flare of your pen as one travels down both aspects of this is not easy to write a double structured poem as you have appeared to do. Thank you for posting and sharing iwth safe and God Bless, Claire My critiques are from the heart, what I feel at the time of my reading and what the Lord further points out to me......for a more detailed critique I am afraid you will have to wait for those with the experience in that field.......thank you though for allowing me to stop by and give you my personal opinion.
This Poem was Critiqued By: Sherri L Smith On Date: 2004-02-29 15:03:23
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.54545
Dear Rebecca, This is a beautiful love poem, and it caught my eye immediately as my husband and I met while were in our 40's and I know he is the love of my life. We both spent time with other spouses but we are so perfect for each other it is downright scary! I love the metaphor of the roses with thorns, I know that I have some and he does too, but all the other attributes are there so the thorns I can ignore. You can tell that there is a lot of love between you and I am happy for you. The last line says it all: i know the heart the one true sweet heart, that let me in will believe me always beautiful and love me anyway. I love it, glad someone else is as happy as I am. Sherri
This Poem was Critiqued By: Mick Fraser On Date: 2004-02-29 14:07:23
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.63636
Hi Rebecca Interesting and apt description of love. Aside for the typo "positive", the poem is wonderful. This offering has encouarged me to continue to write the love poems that I like to write. Mick
This Poem was Critiqued By: Wayne R. Leach On Date: 2004-02-29 11:43:34
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.54717
A true display of the affection for your beloved spouse, and a truly different style for a love poem which are usually flowing and often rhyming and filled with eloquent imagery. This one is exceptional in its honest matter-of-fact, yet descriptive stratements. It seems almost more about the author than about the love, and this is not a bad thing. It is, in its brevity, a miraculous disclosure of a firm and secure love. I enjoyed this straying from the norm very much. Of course, we can compare love to roses. It just comes naturally, but the way in which you have accomplished this is truly exceptional. The repetition of "always" "beautiful" standing by themselves at the end is really an impressive and strong affirmation of the love. Thanks for submitting. Keep up the good work, for I'll be back to read more of yours. :) wl
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