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The withered rose

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The withered rose


 Has  beauty  given   the rose the notion
That it is the jewel of the garden
The butterfly may make that connection

So the beholder's eye holds beauty then
Perhaps that is how it is predisposed
Because  there is no reason to pretend

Outer beauty  fades  like the withered rose
And our  tears may  descend like falling rain
But inner beauty lies in sweet repose

That unseen beauty will always remain
Through every season and emotion
Surviving heartache,  sorrow, loss   and pain

  The love of beauty we truly enjoy
But the beauty of love abides in joy



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  1. Date: 8/11/2013 2:06:00 PM
    Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 8:56:00 PM
    Congratulations, Joseph. well said. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 7:06:00 PM
    beauty it is! congrats..... SKAT

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 4:42:00 PM
    I'll say it again this is one gorgeous poem and the THOUGHT behind it I just really love. Congrats on your win.Frankly, It's one of my very favorites in the contest.

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 8/9/2013 4:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you for those kind words Andrea...I appreciate it..
  1. Date: 8/4/2013 12:21:00 PM
    Yes, I know of Roses and their inner beauty.... You have read my poem, "A Rose That Never Fades." This poem reminds me of my Rose of 57 years.... Great writing, Joseph....... Jake

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 3:20:00 AM
    (7) joseph hi and hearty congrats on win Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 7/20/2013 12:26:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well-deserved win friend Joseph... Cheers :)

  1. Date: 7/20/2013 12:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on another winning spot Joseph xx

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 9:04:00 PM
    hi Joseph, . CONGRATS <3 SKAT

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 8:23:00 PM
    Joseph, , thank you for supporting my contest... CONGRATULATIONS.... :-) :-) :-) LINDA .

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 7/20/2013 7:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for my placement in your contest Linda...
  1. Date: 7/18/2013 10:25:00 PM
    Good metaphors here! Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 7/17/2013 7:48:00 PM
    A true beauty is this one which you're written, Joseph. Totally enjoyed! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 7/15/2013 11:23:00 PM
    what a gorgeous way to do this challenge form. I hope I can do so well!

  1. Date: 7/15/2013 3:18:00 AM
    Awesome-I want to nourish my inner beauty so i ll never get wrinkles on my inside ..On the outside who cares?lovely poem

  1. Date: 7/14/2013 5:10:00 AM
    Stunning !! So true too. The Rose being one of the most beautiful flowers has a short time to glory in its blossoms. Comparatively we are the same-- youth fades but inner beauty remains.

  1. Date: 7/13/2013 2:52:00 PM
    I admire your creativity in the message conveyed within your terza rima . Visible and effective. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 3:48:00 PM
    Ahhh!! Very creative and expressive work..Uniquely your own..Enjoyed reading it this eve..Thanks for the visit..Sara

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 10:25:00 AM
    what a lovely message on beauty and its joy! I need to try this terza rima challenge . I think I only did two others in that form all in the past years.

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 7:21:00 AM
    - Yes, the roses is a jewel in the Garden - A beautiful poem Joseph! - Thank you! - Have a great weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)