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By Any Other Name

If love could have a color, I suppose
it wouldn’t be just any common shade.
I’d name it for the colors of the rose.
In heaven’s hues this flower is arrayed!

From chaste love’s hush of pink to heady rush
that’s shown by cardinal or crimson red,
the rose reveals the grades of ardor’s blush
unto the time it’s thought that passion’s fled.

But in the tint of amaranth, the fire
endures; in purple deep it can transcend,
while yellow blooms in bliss that does not tire,
and white’s fidelity will have no end.

Though black the bud, a red will grow thereof.
By any other name, the rose is love.

The rose is definitely my favorite flower!

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 1/13/2020 1:32:00 PM
Love this beautiful homage to your roses. Had to google amaranth to see what color it is... nice to learn a new word (and hue)! Enjoyed the personification of all the different rose tints and shades. Your poetic mind is as fertile as your garden! I like the reference to Romeo and Juliet in the title and last line - classy! (P.S. found this link on your facebook page)
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Date: 4/1/2017 2:57:00 PM
This is beautiful would've been nice for the ode contest...A7
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Date: 11/10/2015 3:18:00 PM
Beautiful Andrea, very nice sonnet. I don't have a favorite flower. There are too many gorgeous ones out there.
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Date: 11/10/2015 11:52:00 AM
HA, I love the title, Andrea, Congratulations on your "Favorite Flower win." SKAT
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Date: 11/10/2015 10:19:00 AM
Really beautiful sonnet on the rose, Andie. I see the famous Shakespeare reference. Loved this. Congrats! hugs!
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Date: 11/9/2015 2:27:00 PM
Dropping back again with my congrats Andrea:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 11/9/2015 2:13:00 PM
Congratulations in your win
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Date: 12/29/2014 1:29:00 PM
Congratulations on your win Andrea. A beautiful Sonnet.
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Date: 12/28/2014 3:56:00 AM
Congratulations dear poet Andrea. -Safa
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Date: 12/26/2014 10:30:00 PM
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Date: 12/24/2014 3:29:00 AM
Congratulations on this superb poem coming in first Andrea! It is truly lovely. Hugs, Connie
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Date: 12/22/2014 2:49:00 AM
Hi Andrea Great ! Love-rajat
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Date: 12/20/2014 2:03:00 PM
Lovely piece,dear friend....Congrats on your win..And Merry xmas in advance...
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Date: 12/20/2014 1:55:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, you forgot burnt orange, I have one climbing a trestel in my yard..congrats my poetic friend
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Date: 12/20/2014 10:25:00 AM
Outstanding! Love the thoughts, so beautifully conveyed.... Congrats on your top place win!!.. Hugs.. Arlene
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Date: 12/20/2014 4:47:00 AM
Amazed and pleased to read about roses without its thorns, congrats on the win, Andrea
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Date: 12/19/2014 9:26:00 PM
Oh that is magnificent. Grats on your top win! :) loved this !
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Date: 12/19/2014 4:49:00 PM
What a lovely sonnet, Andrea! Love and roses are meant to live together eternally! Congratulations on placing first...yet again! // paul
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Date: 12/19/2014 4:25:00 PM
No thorns here, beautiful write - congrats on your 1st place win
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Date: 12/19/2014 3:49:00 PM
Congratulations on being on the very top of the list. Congratulations on your number 1 win!
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Date: 12/19/2014 3:14:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Andrea, beautifully written. Blessings and Merry Christmas to you and yours
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Date: 12/19/2014 2:04:00 PM
oh this is so so so beautiful many congrats:-) Hugs Jan xxx
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Date: 12/19/2014 1:40:00 PM
Andrea, congratulations on your top win for this lovely Sonnet! I shall remember the meaning of each color as you so beautifully expressed! Sandra
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Date: 11/13/2014 8:23:00 PM
love love love love this poem!
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Date: 8/15/2012 5:44:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved placement in P. D.'s "Rose Poems" contest Andrea.
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