Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Roses are...


The sun looks over my shoulder
and shines on distant rain.
Every drop reflects
a rainbow stain.

Red hangs lowest.
Red as a rose may be.
Red's warmer waves relax
too long to see.

Highest flung is violet.
Indigo floats on blue,
but Violets may choose
to blend these hues.

As each raindrop falls,
red through violet flashes by
and so the inverted spectrum
tints grey sky.

Violets, red roses,
a rainbow's fresh debut,
have undeniable charm
and so do you.

Submitted: Friday, March 01, 2013
Edited: Friday, March 01, 2013

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  • Captain Cur (4/27/2013 6:20:00 AM)

    ....as does the melodic rainbow heart that is undeniably you.
    Roses, violets, rainbow, spectrum, shoulder sun and rain
    complete this snazzy gentle piece with its low hung high refrain. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (3/26/2013 6:53:00 AM)

    Wonderful write, Roses are.....my favorite and either the flowers or this write hahahaah...nice nice....achoo...sorry i smell roses too much these days_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (3/9/2013 10:34:00 PM)

    Beautifully written we all adore roses as we do this poem. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (3/7/2013 5:04:00 AM)

    Science and romance the rewriting of a poetry classic with style, charm, insightful accuracy and sophistication. A gentle aesthetic and a return to the classic verse in the last stanza, a fine homage. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (3/6/2013 5:21:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem. good imagery as if the entire scene is opening up gradually. (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (3/5/2013 8:29:00 AM)

    The very starting lines- the sun looks over my shoulder / and shines on distant rain- are arresting The poem is fresh as Roses are and is extremely beautiful! ! (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (3/3/2013 7:24:00 AM)

    I read somewhere that no two people view the same rainbow the same way, due to the difference in the rods and cones in our eyes. However no one could deny seeing the charm in your poem. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (3/3/2013 1:16:00 AM)

    As a child we called rainbows...promise me nothings.
    Harsh from a childs standpoint.
    Roses in rainbows...both so beautiful alone that they need no back up.
    Alway heard violets are blue....which blue is best; blue sky rainbow of violets.
    And about the rainbows promises...maybe they are not or never were making promises.
    Maybe they just are what they are. (Report) Reply

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