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Awarded:  FIRST PLACE

Contest:    Every Rose has its Thorn

Sponsored by: Kelly Deschler

 

Authors note:  In this poem, the rose is a metaphor that represents

                        a child given up for adoption at birth.

I shall nay know all the wonders - you hold
For all too soon the winds of winter blow
Scarlet petals withering in the snow
How cruel the breath that kills the velvet rose 

Tears - that canst’ bear the thought of letting go
Forever frozen in this empty soul
A broken heart forever turned to stone
A broken stem left now to stand alone

Alas! I find that life is bitter-sweet
As I stand holding only memories
Of a rose blooming in the summer breeze
Here beneath this old weeping willow tree

Once I held the sweetest rose - ever born
Now – in my grief – I hold the bitter thorn.

                            ~~~

                    Author:  Elaine George

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009




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Date: 5/30/2016 12:27:00 AM
I noticed that you use the image of a rose quite a bit. A frozen rose in a Winter Rose is especially vivid.Winter and roses are very strong symbols and can have other deeper meanings.
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Date: 4/2/2014 5:23:00 PM
Elaine, Congratulations on your winning... xox ~Linda
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Date: 4/1/2014 1:21:00 AM
Beautiful imagery and nice take, congrats on the fine win, elaine
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Date: 3/31/2014 4:57:00 PM
The emotions were expressed so well in this poem. I also loved the beautiful imagery, and the rhyming was great, as well. A wonderful poem, Elaine! Congratulations on your well deserved win!
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Date: 4/12/2011 10:13:00 AM
Elaine, I enjoyed reading your very creative sonnet...Thanks for entering it in my contest..Since I judged without looking, I am now just finding out who had poems entered..Sara
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Date: 1/9/2010 1:42:00 AM
Beautiful Sonnet! Can have two meanings. Thanks for sharing.
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Date: 1/5/2010 4:01:00 PM
Dear 'Laine, Congratulations on your poem being featured this week on the Soup! Great job as usual! Peace and love, Audrey
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Date: 1/5/2010 12:02:00 PM
I may have read this one down the line somewhere, but I'll say it again, Elaine, "YOu are one fine, sensitive soul. I wrote a short story once in college called "The Arming of the Rose." ...has to do with the bushes protection, except in metaphor. Roses have always mystified me. Congrats on this selection. Love, daver
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Date: 1/5/2010 8:52:00 AM
Many congratulations on your fine poetry being featured this week Elaine, Happy New Year to you >> James,xx
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Date: 1/4/2010 8:43:00 AM
Congrats Lainie on your featured poem this week on Soup... wonderful write... may your new year be filled with blessings... luv... creativeness.. friendships.. health... luv... Linda-Marie..
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Date: 1/4/2010 8:10:00 AM
Sad, and so beautiful at the same time! Congratulations, Elaine, on this wonderful sonnet. ! Love, Carrie
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Date: 1/4/2010 3:18:00 AM
Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Lainie. May you have may more. Love, Carol
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Date: 1/4/2010 12:23:00 AM
Congrats on your feature this week Elaine.Rgds Brian
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Date: 12/29/2009 10:28:00 AM
Sad and heartfelt poem Elaine, thank you for pointing me to this lovely piece, also > thank you so much for leaving a message on my website, very much appreciated >> Happy New Year to you and your family >> James,x
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Date: 10/2/2009 12:14:00 PM
Amazing work, best of luck in the next round...Raul
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Date: 9/26/2009 9:29:00 AM
Congratulations, Lainie, on this excellent poetry going on to the finals. Very well deserved! I wish you the best of luck! Love, Robin
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Date: 9/26/2009 3:51:00 AM
Congrats 2u on your 2 poems making it through to the finals, bravo!
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Date: 9/25/2009 10:30:00 AM
Congrats hun on making the first round in contest on your beautifully written poems. Such a honor to read them! Take care Love light Truth Patricia
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Date: 9/24/2009 6:58:00 PM
Congratulations on your winning the first round on the finals! Laura :)
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Date: 9/24/2009 12:33:00 PM
More congratulations are in order for this write! Good luck in the contest! Love, Carolyn
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Date: 9/24/2009 12:03:00 PM
Elaine, congratulations in getting past round one of the competition >> James,x
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Date: 9/24/2009 9:15:00 AM
Well done, Elainebest wishes in the next rounds with your poems.Rgds Brian
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Date: 9/20/2009 7:35:00 AM
This is such a beautifully written Sonnet, Lainie! So sad and so tender. Excellent, my talented friend! A fav! Love, Robin
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Date: 9/2/2009 7:14:00 AM
You love roses, don't you? This poem and others may prove it @.@ Roses are great, spiral spoon of color, a single nebula kiss. Thanks a lot for sharing =D
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Date: 8/30/2009 6:45:00 AM
Delightful read Elaine>>James
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