Love is not from petals born

Our love is not from petals born
the rose might bloom a day or three
though lovely it still carry thorns
while lust is prickly strength is key,

cause passion can be fragile, snap
and wither like like a bough in fall.
The house of roses is a trap —
we need mortar, bricks to build a wall.

Our love should be a fortress, strong
to stand against both hail and storm,
a place of comfort can’t be wrong
this hearth of love will keep us warm.

The Soul of the Rose by John William Waterhouse

I wrote this for Kerry at toads, inspired by the “Binding with briars” from William Blake. I used all the twelve lines to write four quatrains. I will also link up to Poetry Pantry tomorrow morning.

With that why not some classic 80’s rock

33 responses to “Love is not from petals born

  1. Yes, indeed! Love should be a strong fortress withstanding everything that comes from outside. Your poem expresses this so well, Bjorn.

  2. Wonderful work on these beautifully rhymed quatrains. And that close on the warming hearth of love ~ sigh ~ (though unwritten) one’s mind immediately juxtaposes that line against the blazing fires of passion. .A brilliant, cleverly rendered, metaphor.

  3. A gorgeous poem, Bjorn! I love the non-comparison with a rose, especially the second stanza:.
    ‘…passion can be fragile, snap
    and wither like like a bough in fall.
    The house of roses is a trap —
    we need mortar, bricks to build a wall’.

  4. kaykuala

    Our love should be a fortress, strong
    to stand against both hail and storm,

    Love is always put to test and invariably wins each time. Great rhyming Bjorn!

    Hank

  5. Our love should be a fortress…with emphasis on the word ‘should’. Sometimes the weakness is within the walls themselves. A pensive piece, Bjorn.

  6. Roses are one thing but I love this line “The house of roses is a trap —
    we need mortar, bricks to build a wall…” Got me thinking…

  7. I love these lines:

    Our love should be a fortress, strong
    to stand against both hail and storm,
    a place of comfort can’t be wrong
    this hearth of love will keep us warm.

    That’s what love’s supposed to be. You’ve penned it so well, Bjorn.

  8. How love should ideally be is so eloquently described in this poem. You have used the word ‘snap’ so effectively in there. Love the image too

  9. True love does confront and overcomes many storms. (My 49th wedding anniversary is approaching.) I like your poetic statement of this.

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