Rose Petal

You came to me from rose vermilion red;
so rude and flushed with health you seemed to be.
I was surprised when I discerned instead
your disposition was no longer free;
that, whilst you were so moist and soft, I then
with sadness realised your life was spent;
that you had chosen me for your amen
between your zenith and your final rent.

What price for love you had to pay, and stain
upon your beauteous journey through short life,
so full of human tragedy and pain;
so savaged by our ugliness and strife.

And yet, you gift us your perfume unkempt
and beauty, which our hideousness preempts.

© 2011 John Anstie

(Read the author’s commentary on this poem)

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About PoetJanstie

As a young man, John was fit and sporting. Playing Rugby Union for over twenty years, encouraged in the early days by a school that was run on the same lines as Gordonstoun, giving shape and discipline to a sometimes precarious early life. This fitness was enhanced by working part time jobs in farming, as a leather factory packer and security guard, but probably not helped, for a short time, by selling ice cream! His professional working life was spent as a Metallurgical Engineer, Marketing Manager, Export Sales Manager, Implementation Manager and Managing Director of his own company. Thirty five years spent, apparently in a creative desert, raising a family and pursuing a career, probably enriched his experience, because his renaissance, on retirement, realised a hidden creative talent as a blogger and poet. He also enjoys music, with a piano and a forty-five year old Yamaha FG140 acoustic guitar. He sings bass in three singing groups: as a founding member of a mixed voice chamber choir, Fox Valley Voices; a member of one of the top barbershop choruses in the UK, Hallmark of Harmony (the Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club) and a mixed barbershop quartet, Needle & Fred. He is also a would be (once upon a time) photographer with drawers full of his own history, and an occasional, but lapsed 'film' maker. In his other life, he doubles as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend and Family man. What he writes is autobiographical and very often pins his colours to the mast. In 2013, he completed an anthology of the poetry (including his own) of an international group of nine poets, who met on Twitter. He produced, edited and steered the product of this work, "Petrichor Rising", to publication by Aquillrelle.
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11 Responses to Rose Petal

  1. Gael Bage says:

    thank you for sharing this John, happy to read the commentary behind the poem too, lovely. 🙂

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  2. I also appreciated your commentary, it added another layer of depth.

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    • PoetJanstie says:

      Thank you Anna. I have always tried to write commentaries on my poems, as much for my own record as for informing readers of the background. It has always been a source of fascination for me to read a poem or listen to the lyrics of a song and wonder what was behind the words and phrases used by the writer. To understand every nuance in tone gives a different perspective. However, sometimes, leaving it to the reader to make their own interpretation, is also important.

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  3. marousia says:

    Love this – the rose is such a laden symbol 🙂 I love the way you used a metre – it so subtle

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  4. Anonymous says:

    An exquisite and insightful poem, John! And even without reading the background behind the poem, one can see so many analogies of life in this poem.

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  5. knightsheart says:

    A rose – sacrificed for us. Great write before the poem. I enjoyed the poem as well. Thank you for sharing them both.

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  6. Kim Nelson says:

    John,
    I could not help but consider myself the rose (although not as beautiful!) I fell in love at 17, still married to that man at 51. I have given my all… I would do it again and again. It is a wondrous way to offer up this brief sojourn on earth. Not sad at all… precious. 😉

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    • PoetJanstie says:

      Well thank you so much for your comment, Kim. It is so good to hear, in a world full of dislocated relationships, of life-long love. I met mine at 21 and we celebrated 37 years of marriage this year. I do consider “Rose Petal” to be very life affirming. I try to be so in anything that I write, whether poetry or prose. I hope you read the rather long commentary?

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