Philo Yan

Bronze Star - 2,175 Points (Malaysia)

50th Birthday And A Rose By Any Other Name...... - Poem by Philo Yan

Version One

A Rose is not a Rose without the thorns,

You have a full life and share of thorns,

The beauty of a rose will fade in time,

Beauty may fade but wisdom matures like wine.

Version Two

A Rose by any other name,

Would just sound so tame.

Such beauty is the Rose,

Even with thorns, it shows.

Another year has passed

You have passed your test

A clean bill of health

is important than wealth.

For when you have your health

You can then build your wealth!

Poet's Notes about The Poem

These poems accompanied my drawing of a pink and peach rose and green leafs in full bloom. The petals are sprinkled with many droplets of water.

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Thanks for looking and Have An AweSome Day!

Comments about 50th Birthday And A Rose By Any Other Name...... by Philo Yan

  • Yash Shinde (10/23/2012 12:32:00 AM)

    I liked version one very beautifully composed and well written..............wonderful meaning (Report) Reply

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  • Deepak Manchanda (9/9/2012 1:14:00 PM)

    I preferred Version Two...such beauty is the rose, even with thorns it shows! (Report) Reply

  • Philo Yan (8/18/2012 8:32:00 AM)

    Thanks Leslie and Alon for your comments. (Report) Reply

  • (8/18/2012 8:26:00 AM)

    Like the use of a famous quote from Shakespeare, nice write (Report) Reply

  • Alon Dy (8/18/2012 5:39:00 AM)

    nice one. good poem with good meanings. feel free to comment my poems as well.thank you (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 18, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, October 14, 2012

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