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John Boyle O'Reilly

(28 June 1844 - 10 August 1890 / Dowth Castle, County Meath)

A White Rose


THE red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Twilightie Pattinson (4/9/2010 4:50:00 AM)

    I really love this poem, i came across it while reading something online and i just cant get over how beautiful it is.. i think it will be one of my faves and will always stick with me.. (Report) Reply

  • Tj Becker (11/16/2008 9:41:00 AM)

    I have read a lot of poems on roses, but this is the best. You wrote new life into a subject that is used repeatedly.Well done, romantic, sweet and different (Report) Reply

  • Katherine De Soto (10/14/2007 12:54:00 PM)

    I enjoyed this poem greatly because I feel it speaks a great truth about love. Love is not only sex, nor is it only about being sentimental. It's message that love should be both, that both are good to have in a relationship. (Report) Reply

  • NEAL 251 (6/17/2005 7:44:00 AM)

    i love this poem. i know it is probably sickeningly romantic but i like it. i guess deep down inside i am a romantic at heart. (Report) Reply

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