This is a poem inspired by the prompt for Day Four of NaPoWriMo. I’m not certain it fits exactly, but it’s what the prompt brought up. That’s poetry, I suppose.

The photograph ©Poudou is of the Chemin des Dames close to where I used to live in the Aisne.


The dawn breaks coloured blood,

and the roses are in bud,

the roses are in bud.


They say it will be hell,

still rosebuds begin to swell,

rosebuds begin to swell.


Though death sweeps through this room,

the roses are in bloom,

the roses are in bloom.


A country’s churned to mud,

but the roses are in bud,

the roses are in bud.




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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

10 thoughts on “Roses”

  1. It is very ballad–like. I like the blood-colored dawn–a bit of foreshadowing?
    I’m not quite clear if it refers to something specific or not? Maybe me just a bit dense this morning. 🙂

    1. No, I was thinking about awfulness in general. I would have liked to have found a photo of a battlefield full of roses, but settled for this one because it’s a familiar scene to me, and it fits the ‘mud’ theme too.

  2. Luckily, a lot of nature can ignore what man has wrought. Unfortunately, not always, though. I agree with Merril about the echoes of balladry. Those traditional songs were quite bloody. (K)

    1. I imagine when people lived cheek by jowl with death they didn’t mince their words. We are much more squeamish, use euphemisms and pretend that suffering doesn’t exist anymore.

  3. I really like this one. It reminds me of how I feel when I’ve experienced a personal tragedy (whether minor or as major as losing a loved one) and the rest of the world just goes on like normal.

    I also like the rhythm and the sound. I think I need to practice rhyming in my poems more.

  4. Thank you, Sharon. That was the idea I wanted to get across. Life goes on, even if we have destroyed our human world. The rhythm was to give it the effect of a song. It suited what I wanted to say. I agree, rhyme can be effective sometimes—not to be despised 🙂

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