The Two Roses

two roses

Today I will be sharing with you the final poem I found in my notebook form my very brief poetry writing career back when I was in high school.  This particular poem was written on Aug. 31, 1994.

This poem really speaks to the power of love and how love can really be a two-sided sword.  Love can allow you to endure great trials and things that come your way.  Love can also make you lose all hope and will to live.  It is all dependant on that person you love.  Love is the greatest emotion of all and it can be the most amazing thing ever experienced, but it can also rip your heart out.

How we go through life and try to balance out how much love we are willing to put into someone, while trying to avoid hurt can really define us as people.  To be honest, I am a little surprised at the level of understanding I seemed to be writing with all those years ago.  I certainly did not have a lot of experience when it came to love back then.  I do think that the roses were a perfect vehicle for expressing the power of love.

This poem is like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story told through the eyes of two roses.  It talks about love and it also talks about the power of friendship.  By assigning human qualities to the roses, it shows how dependant humans really are on the companionship of each other.  We draw our will to live, sometimes too much, on those around us whom we love.  Love can be a very scary thing because to experience it fully, you have to make yourself completely vulnerable.  That is not something that people like to do.  We like to feel safe.

I hope you enjoy!


The Two Roses

There once were two roses that lived side by side,

And by the forces of nature they did abide.

One day a wind storm came and knocked over many of the trees,

But the roses managed to survive.

One day it rained and flooded the field,

But the roses managed to survive.

One day it no longer rained and drought filled the land,

But the roses managed to survive.

One day a swarm of grasshoppers came and ate everything in sight,

But the roses managed to survive.

One day a tornado came and tore up the land,

But the roses managed to survive.

One day a man came and picked one of the roses,

The thought of loneliness was worse to the rose than the threat nature poses.

The only wish of that lone rose was for it’s life to end,

For it had lost its only everlasting friend.

So without the need to survive,

That lone rose laid down and died.


William John Marsau

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