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The Traveler and The Rose

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The Traveler and The Rose

A strange blue rose - alone
midst an array of clustered flowers -
a few of them her friends -
the shy violets, lovely white lilies, and bold marigolds.
In the gracious garden spot the traveler singled her out -
his gaze resting admiringly upon her.
Each day as he passed that spot,
she was the one he sought. . . 

And day by day the traveler came around,
speaking through the fence softly in sweet sounds
that wafted her way with the wind.
Persistent wasp, in guise of a honeybee,
he tried so hard to wear that flower down. . . 
till unexpectedly, he strode right through the gate,
and blissfully ignorant of a rose's care,
plucked her up, swept her high up into the air,
and uprooted that blue rose from her safe soil.

But he did not a gardener make.
Knowing nothing of roses,
he knew very little of any flower he pursued.
Moreover, one mere blue rose cannot long compete
with the other bright fanciful flowers
which, along that traveler's path, he was sure to meet.

Those soft whispered words
that caressed her blossomed cheek
soon ceased.
And the water to her soul (if a rose has a soul,
he did not care to know), stopped its flow. 
Scars he left -
new thorns on her stem that grew outward
from his cruel cut, 
but she'd go on. . . . 

Long time replanted now in solid refuge ground,
the strange blue rose
has gained self-understanding,
that one thing for himself (she imagines)
which the traveler she so briefly knew
has never found.


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  1. Date: 10/23/2013 9:11:00 PM

    Andrea, , congratulations in The rose (Allegory) contest................. SKAT

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 11:05:00 PM

    Andrea, nice nice... love this one... I noticed i had a good win here tooooo.... time to say good night... PD

  1. Date: 10/19/2013 5:40:00 AM

    Congrats on your winning work..Way to go!!!Sara

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 3:37:00 PM

    I see the bouquet as I read ..excellent !

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 9:22:00 AM

    Incredible write, Andrea, of a strong, beautiful soul! Congrats on your winning placement! I enjoyed reading this morning. Have a great day...Love and blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 7:51:00 AM

    Congrats on the win in the contest, Andrea

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 4:46:00 AM

    You always write so beautifully!! I feel incompetent when trying to comment on your work. So, a simple Congratulations will have to suffice..... You know I love ya.... Doncha...... Jake

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 7:39:00 PM

    I've always loved blue roses, I gave one to my dad at the hospital when he was dying with cancer, enjoyed your lovely poem Andrea, worthy of the win, love xxx

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 5:47:00 PM

    congrats on your win Andrea

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 10:12:00 PM

    Sad about the beautiful, strange blue rose. But, it had metal petals.-Red

  1. Date: 2/24/2011 9:52:00 AM

    Congratulations Andrea, on your well deserved win for your poem in Debbie Guzzi's contest "Anything Goes". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/16/2011 9:10:00 AM

    Congrats on your win....I didn't read this one until now....I really like your poems.........George

  1. Date: 2/15/2011 11:33:00 AM

    I find this traveler most intriguing, Andrea. Congratulations on your win in Deb's contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/15/2011 8:28:00 AM

    a marvellously metaphorical poem Andrea, congrats on your 5th place win...

  1. Date: 2/15/2011 3:51:00 AM

    Andrea, congratulations on your great win in DG's contest, love Wilma

  1. Date: 2/15/2011 1:26:00 AM

    I loved this one the first time I read it. Many congrat's on your BIG WIN in Deb's contest, Andrea. Lainie

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 10:24:00 PM

    soo taken by the sheer beauty of this one, andrea.. roses for you for the big WIN!! :) hugs, nette

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 8:38:00 PM

    Wow, love the hidden meanings here..congrats to you and your blue rose. BG

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 8:28:00 PM

    Apparently Debbie liked this entry, and I like it as well. Congratulations on winning in the contest with this presentation.

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 8:04:00 PM

    Congrats Andrea my friend on another amazing win in Debbie's contest with another amazing write luv.. enjoy...

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 7:57:00 PM

    A fantastic story in rhyme. Love it. Many congrats

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 6:11:00 PM

    Grteat entry Andrea. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/10/2011 6:39:00 AM

    Yeeeeeaah!Got it!To my FAVs---kash

  1. Date: 2/6/2011 5:12:00 PM

    The best so far for me Andie, the concept and the feeling are strong, yet, I don't think you need to be the rose...this is the beauty of Andie! The titles weak, think on it. [actually I think you've at least 2 poems here?] Light & love

  1. Date: 7/3/2010 4:22:00 AM

    Andrea, I really liked this poem. I really felt for the flower that the blue rose just pulled out of the soil. Thank you for your comments on my writing. I am new at writing. I live in Southport, NC. I am blessed to live only 5 miles from the ocean. I go there everyday. It is my solace.

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 6:21:00 AM

    Oh, my God! When I posted my latest poem I had forgotten your fine poem. Please don't hate me. The poem is purely for fun. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 9:08:00 PM

    Congratulations on your success in Mac's contest, Andrea. A deserved recognition!Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 4:13:00 AM

    Congratulations Andrea on your win in Mac McGovern's contest "The Blue Rose" Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/19/2010 9:53:00 PM

    Congrats Andrea on your winning poem in the Blue Rose contest with this awesome entry ..a glorious write and win ..enjoy ..will see u next week sometime or two...with luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 6/19/2010 7:49:00 PM

    Wow Andrea. lThis is beautiful and fanciful. congratulations. Love, Joyce

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