Tag Archives: rose

Broken Down

Red Rose

Haiku 271

Broken down beauty

Dusky petals unfurling

Lovely to behold


Sometimes when I am at the local shops buying boring supplies, I will also buy a bunch of roses. We enjoy them for a week or two, as the buds slowly open.

There are always 15 roses in the bunch. However, when I was trimming them and placing in a vase, I only counted 14 roses. Then I noticed one stalk with no rose!

I found the head of the rose on the floor.

So I popped it in my tiny cut-glass vase, filled to the brim with water, and placed it on the window ledge in the kitchen.

This bud too is slowly opening up.

And it makes the washing up much more pleasant!



Friday Flower


Haiku 108

Rose of palest pink

Fade into the grey background

Quietly exist



My husband was given this rose at the shops the other day. Apparently it, and others like it, were deemed not to be fresh enough to belong in the bunches of flowers for sale.

I am enjoying its simplicity and delicate colour.

And it is lasting the longest time!


Faded Beauty

Old Rose

Faded Beauty

Your skirts are faded

Tattered and torn

Spotted with age

And all forlorn


Withered and tired

You hang your head

Maybe you’re thinking

Better off dead


My dear don’t you know

Can you not see

How lovely you are

Far more so than we



I found this old rose on my floribunda rose bush the other day. There are still new rose buds appearing, but it was this withered rose that caught my eye.


Shelter From the Storm



“Come in,” she said, “I’ll give ya . . . Shelter from the Storm.”

Shelter 2

Shelter 2

A moth (I think) shelters amongst the petals of this sweet smelling rose, as unseasonal heavy rains fall.

The quote this time is from a song. Any ideas who sang it?

I’ll take pity on you, in a few hours – internet permitting – and post the answer.

post script: Spell check is underlining “unseasonal” in red, so I did a quick google check. I am correct in spelling and use: it means unusual or inappropriate for the time of year (especially of weather). The fun thing is in the sentence they give to illustrate its use: “Temperatures rose to an unseasonal 12C”.

Rose?? You mean normally it is much colder than 12C? Where do you live? The Arctic? In Cape Town it is rare we get as low as 12C, and that in mid-winter! To rise to an unseasonal temperature, we’d be talking high 20’s in winter and over 38C in summer!

Answer: The singer is Bob Dylan. Congratulations to Quiall who knew 🙂