Fay Slimm.






Stalked in tall greenery, cupped as itself,
bud-tight but becoming
slowly unfurled petalled perfection opens
to show in this single rose
tender attention, strongly fragile its scent 
from a distance out-faces
with essence relevant questions on hold. 

Scent-soaked liaison 'tho unsaid vibrates
as this clandestine rose
speaks its message from faraway hands
and treasured more
by intention to gently perfume our fated
attraction shall leave 
not a doubt on how love's destiny stands.


Sweet evocative sign

this milky-white rose

with secret so disguised

only Providence knows.


  • L. B. Mek

    wonderfully empowering metaphor of that time when all beautiful roses begin to bloom and enrich, their corner of existence

  • Andrew Charles Forrest

    A rose by any other name
    Wonderful write today Fay

  • orchidee

    A fine write Fay.

  • Michael Edwards

    One of the most stately of flowers - the regal rose. Great write Fay.

  • ron parrish aka wordman

    loved it fay,

  • dusk arising

    Yes such lovely creation upon the plant and here upon my screen.
    Then presented as a heartfelt gesture of positive intention from afar, reassures and reaffirms romance.

    The sending of a single rose. Probably the most romantic gesture we know.

  • Romantic Bloom

    A sweet poem!

  • Goldfinch60

    Beautiful words once more Fay, may that rose always bloom for you.

    You have pushed me into another quest now. I didn't know who the artist was it certainly looked like a pre-Raphaelite painting, having looked up the picture I found that the artist was Emily Sandys who was in the pre-Raphaelite dominion, it is my favourite type of art but I had never heard of her, I didn't even realise that there were any females in that group. Ah well more time to be spent on studying her work. Thank you.


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