Hello, dVerse Poets! This is Merril, and I hope you’re all enjoying poetry month (and whatever holidays you may be celebrating). I know I’m busy, so I’m going to make this as uncomplicated as possible.
Yesterday was the second anniversary of my mom’s death. Instead of dwelling on the sadness or writing a tribute, I want to think about something she loved–flowers and gardens. In her final years, we would take my mom to sit in a nearby garden whenever we could. My mom didn’t do any gardening, but she was an artist who often painted flowers, even when she could no longer see very well.
So today, I’m going to (quite shamelessly) steal Sarah’s example of using lists of names for poetry. I found a list of English country garden roses and picked the following names. Because this is poetry month, and many people are overwhelmed with prompts, I will make this very easy. Choose one—or more–of the names from the list below and use it in your poem OR as a title for your poem. Just to be clear, you can write in any style or form, and the poems do not have to be about roses or flowers. Have fun! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Boule de Neige
Twice in a Blue Moon
A list of Country Garden Roses
Perhaps one of the most famous poems about roses is this one by Robert Burns. I once attended a wedding where the bride and groom were part of a choral group, and they joined the members of the group to sing this at the reception. It was a beautiful moment.
A Red, Red Rose
BY ROBERT BURNS
O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune. . .
Here’s a beautiful version by Eva Cassidy:
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Hello, dVerse Poets! Perhaps you’d like a seat on the terrace, overlooking the beautiful garden. It’s windy and chilly here in NJ today, but that’s one of the advantages of a virtual pub. We can pretend it sunny and beautiful. Perhaps you’d like a hot or cold beverage while you ponder and create? Or something to eat?
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello… we have had a few very warm days here in Stockholm… sunny and warm with not a lot of wind. Today I was in the office and bicycled there. Hope you are all well.
Thank you! It sounds lovely. I hope you had a good holiday.
What a perfect way to honor your mom without letting the longing for her take over. This is perfect and so healthy, inspiring, and uplifting.
Thank you so much, Shawna!
A great way to reframe the day. It’s a lovely 77 F here is sunny CA. I was just outside watering my flowers. No roses, but lots of beauty. The song is lovely. I’d never heard it before.
Thank you so much, Lauren! It sounds like a beautiful day there.
A wonderful prompt, and a rich subject. My absolute favorite poems in the world are Rilke’s From Roses, featuring the best description of roses ever of a flower within a flower (petal against petal, yourself, inside).
I had to translate these myself back in the 90s, because pre-internet it was very hard to find a translation, believe it or not.
Oh–that’s wonderful that you could translate them!
we have had a good warm week here thirty miles from London.
the names of the roses really intrigued me i included a picture of my favourat colour of those listed.
will be back soon to read
Thank you so much, Rog! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the prompt, and I’m happy you’re having such pleasant weather.
Rob Kistner said:
Kathy Kistner bidding you all farewell. It’s been fun, but this is my last transcription and posting for Rob. I don’t want to spoil him. He is feeling better and should be back at his keyboard himself by Thursday. I see he has a lot of comments to acknowledge and address. I’m certain he will. You have all been kind and patient. Thank you.
WONDERFUL to get this message from you, Kathy! So glad Rob is feeling better. It will be a delight to have him back in the pub again! Thank you so much for being his go-between here.
Oh, I didn’t realize Rob had been sick and wasn’t posting himself. Thank you so much, Kathy for helping out and keeping his posts going. 💙
De Jackson said:
Crazy April, but couldn’t resist this awesome inspiration today, Merril. Thank you!
I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. What a beautiful way to honor and remember her. ❤
Thank you so much, De! 💙
Barbara S said:
hopefully no one will say the subject of my poem doesn’t exactly smell like roses which well they might …
It’s all good, Barbara! 😀
I deleted the post. Thanks for a lovely afternoon.
But it was such a beautiful poem.
Soooo late into the pub doors for libations….although I posted much earlier. We’ve been gone all afternoon to see the movie “The Secrets of Dumbledore”…and since we don’t own a car, we walked all the way there and back in very windy and chilly weather! Good thing the Boston Marathon wasn’t today….runners would have had a devil of a time with the wind! Will do a bit of reading tonight and back in the morning to really delve in.
Thanks so much, Merril for this prompt. It was an excellent one!
Thank you and you’re welcome, Lillian. It’s very windy here, too. If we lived in the city, we wouldn’t have a car either.
a.h. starlingsson said:
Some beautiful poetry reading tonight…but the wifi not great, keep losing comments…I need something calming…..
a.h. starlingsson said:
Wonderful poetry but wifi driving me up the wall…will comment when can as they keep getting lost…I need somethong calming..
Thank you for trying, Ain.
Lovely prompt Merril, and a beautiful way to honour your mother’s memory.
I grow lots of different roses, most of them named after people either real or fictional. I have Miserable Les (yes, really) next to Jude the Obscure, then Maurice Utrillo, Mr Lincoln, Benjamin Britten and Tess of the d’Urbervilles, and a stray dog rose that has self seeded from all the wild ones in the paddocks around here, but I let stay. 🙂
Thank you, Kate. I love those names! I know another blogger who has a beautiful garden, and I often laugh over the names of his roses, too.
Perhaps I can combine this with tomorrow’s napowrimo prompt. Or Thursday doors? Something. (K)
I’ve done one for my door tomorrow.
Thanks for the list Merril, delighted by roses by other names. 🙂
You’re welcome and thank you, Paul!😊