Roses and Violets: Past Tense

Roses were red
Violets were blue
when we were young
and naive enough to know it all
Roses were red
Violets were blue
when every action
was sure to reap
an equally abundant reward
(and we didn’t believe
that “reaction” might be consequence instead)
Roses were red
Violets were blue
when we believed
that we would live forever
that we would reach the stars

until the day
we finally realized
the Roses are dead
the Violets are too.

~~

my attempt at impressionist poetry for dVerse. Not sure if this fits the bill or not, but better to attempt and fail than never to attempt at all! By the way, I’m not actually this cynical…

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9 thoughts on “Roses and Violets: Past Tense

  1. Nursery rhymes & platitudes & religious edict & moral imperatives–all fade & drop into quiet piles of withered petals as Spring gives way to Winter; enjoyed it.

  2. WHEW! Glad to hear you’re not really this cynical. I was planning to arrange a prayer meet! However, a beautiful and well-written bit of cynicism!

  3. From the youthful effervescent we are the wind love….to the reality of the real. Your juxtapositioning and repetition of the age old roses are red violets are/were blue is a jolt to the passage of time.

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