Roses are Red

Just when you think it’s safe to go out

There is a knock at your heart, tap, tap

Trepidation calls, bearing flowers

Roses, red like the blood flowing still

Through your veins to a stone cold  heart

Violets, deep blue as your eyes that weep

To remember the days without fear

Orchid, black reflecting your humour

‘Love me, love me not?’, petals shredded

Destroying the thing of beauty that

Once was your life. Stamens, yellow stain

Rough hands. Colours bleeding into one

Dull grey where once: yellow red, blue

Delicate stems, plain perfect blossom

Dismay brought you a bouquet. But why?

To remind you that he’s there. Tap tap

Just when you think it’s safe to go out.

I had to go to the supermarket this morning and, everywhere I looked, there were red hearts and roses, cards and chocolates and lovers strolling hand in hand. There is a feeling of romance in the air and, this year for some reason, I am not really dealing with it very well. So many tears today I just locked myself away and wrote this poem because I didn’t know what else to do.

Lisa x


  22 comments for “Roses are Red

  1. February 9, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Your poem says it all. Very poignant!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. February 9, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Valentine’s day comes and goes and is so commercial and superficial now Lisa.

    Your love is there forever. It doesn’t matter what day, what year, what you’re doing, or where you are.

    Treat yourself to a long soak with a large glass of bubbly. You deserve it.
    Love and hugs to you. xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 9, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Oh Peter, what a lovely thing to say, thank you. I don’t have a bath but I’ll definitely have a glass of something. Love and hugs back at you xxx

      Liked by 1 person

  3. February 9, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Very nice poetry! I loved it! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  4. blindzanygirl
    February 9, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    (((((((Lisa)))))))). I am so sad for you. No words. Xo

    Liked by 1 person

  5. February 9, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I love the imagery of the colours and your poem is far more poignant than than the commercial gushing on cards and giifts at this time of year.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. February 10, 2019 at 9:42 am

    My heart really goes out to you. I think your poem is so clever and imaginative. Sending love and a big hug ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  7. February 10, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Loved the poem Lisa. But hate to think of you feeling that way. Sending love and hugs. x

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Boo
    February 11, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I had 4 years of that. Get YOURSELF a rose, and a box of chocolates. Because YOU are worth it.

    Liked by 1 person

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