Prompt Nights – Take time out and stop to smell the Roses – [17]

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“The perfume of roses are like exquisite chords of music composed of many odor notes harmoniously blended.”
– N F Miller

“Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose from out night’s gray and cloudy sheath; softly and still it grows and grows,
petal by petal, leaf by leaf.” – Susan Coolidge

“A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring.” – William Carlos Williams

“And the rose like a nymph to the bath addrest, which unveiled the depth of her glowing breast. Till, fold after fold, to the fainting air, the soul of her beauty and love lay bare.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“The red rose whispers of passion and the white rose breathes of love. Oh, the red rose is a falcon and the white rose is a dove.” – John Boyle O’Reilly

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” – Henri Matisse

Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting week at Prompt Nights. June is national rose month. For centuries this beautiful flower has served as inspiration to several famous writers. Roses vary in color and symbol ranging from gorgeous red, pink and orange to magnanimous yellow, black and white. Tonight, I want each and every one of you to write a poem or prose piece revolving around the subject of roses. Delve deep into the countless interpretations that the flower has to offer. Previously written work is more than welcome. For further inspiration please refer to the two wonderful poems below:

The Secret Rose

by William Butler Yeats

FAR-OFF, most secret, and inviolate Rose,
Enfold me in my hour of hours; where those
Who sought thee in the Holy Sepulchre,
Or in the wine-vat, dwell beyond the stir
And tumult of defeated dreams; and deep
Among pale eyelids, heavy with the sleep
Men have named beauty. Thy great leaves enfold
The ancient beards, the helms of ruby and gold
Of the crowned Magi; and the king whose eyes
Saw the pierced Hands and Rood of elder rise
In Druid vapour and make the torches dim;
Till vain frenzy awoke and he died; and him
Who met Fand walking among flaming dew
By a grey shore where the wind never blew,
And lost the world and Emer for a kiss;
And him who drove the gods out of their liss,
And till a hundred moms had flowered red
Feasted, and wept the barrows of his dead;
And the proud dreaming king who flung the crown
And sorrow away, and calling bard and clown
Dwelt among wine-stained wanderers in deep woods:
And him who sold tillage, and house, and goods,
And sought through lands and islands numberless years,
Until he found, with laughter and with tears,
A woman of so shining loveliness
That men threshed corn at midnight by a tress,
A little stolen tress. I, too, await
The hour of thy great wind of love and hate.
When shall the stars be blown about the sky,
Like the sparks blown out of a smithy, and die?
Surely thine hour has come, thy great wind blows,
Far-off, most secret, and inviolate Rose?

Coleur De Rose

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I want more lives in which to love
This world so full of beauty,
I want more days to use the ways
I know of doing duty;
I ask no greater joy than this
(So much I am life’s lover,)
When I reach age to turn the page
And read the story over,
(Oh love stay near!)

Oh rapturous promise of the Spring!
Oh June fulfilling after!
If Autumns sigh, when Summers die,
‘Tis drowned in Winter’s laughter.
Oh maiden dawns, oh wifely noons,
Oh siren sweet, sweet nights,
I’d want no heaven could earth be given
Again with its delights,
(If love stayed near!)

There are such glories for the eye,
Such pleasures for the ear,
The senses reel with all they feel
And see and taste and hear;
There are such ways of doing good,
Such ways of being kind,
And bread that’s cast on waters fast
Comes home again, I find.
(Oh love stay near.)

There are such royal souls to know,
There is so much to learn,
While secrets rest in Nature’s breast
And unnamed stars still burn.
God toiled six days to make this earth,
I think the good folks say—
Six lives we need to give full meed
Of praise—one for each day,
(If love stay near.)

But oh! if love fled far away,
Or veiled his face from me,
One life too much, why then were such
A life as this would be.
With sullen May and blighted June
Blurred dawn and haggard night,
This dear old world in space were hurled
If love lent not his light.
(Oh love stay near.)


So pick up a pen and lets begin! As always the prompt will remain open the entire week so that everyone can write according to their own pace and time. Please click on the blue widget below. When it opens be sure to click on “add your link.” Now skip the blanks and proceed directly to “try here” written at the end in small font. It will direct you on how to link your poem. Please visit other Poets and do comment on their poems. Have fun ❤️

7 thoughts on “Prompt Nights – Take time out and stop to smell the Roses – [17]

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Rosemary,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

    • Sanaa says:

      Hello Sreeja,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

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