A.J. McKinley

Rookie (July,1975 / Indiana, United States)

A Dozen Roses - Poem by A.J. McKinley

The wilted roses sat regally in the vase.
Their beauty never more apparent than their now decay.
The petals fall listlessly onto the carpet.
She never notices the thorns have no points.
Is it pride or vanity that rules the rose?
She whispers it is benign beauty that sins.
Dying slowly with no remorse.
Perfumed fragments tantalize the passers-by.
A dozen roses on the naked mantle.
A tear drops and my roses cry.

Comments about A Dozen Roses by A.J. McKinley

  • (11/18/2008 10:07:00 PM)

    idk y but i have tears in my eyes that is a precious poem :) (Report) Reply

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  • (7/19/2008 9:28:00 AM)

    The poignancy of your verse is truly haunting in the centre of the context about the rose that is dying. A parallel is met with the human existence in this very beautiful poem that cries aloud in its temerity. Thanks, Arya (Report) Reply

  • (7/16/2008 2:50:00 PM)

    I love this poem. Great. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • (3/11/2007 4:53:00 AM)

    A.J. what an enchanting little piece. I wonder why roses always seem to be a poets favourite flower. I've used it many times myself. The delicate way you describe the withering rose is very visual and sad. The poems is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.10/10 from me.
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  • Brian Dorn (10/3/2006 1:04:00 PM)

    Amazing imagery and written with a delicate style so characteristic of the roses in question. Beautifully done!
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  • (8/21/2006 4:51:00 PM)

    A dozen roses on the naked mantle.
    A tear drops and my roses cry.

    What a couplet. The language has a crispness there, that I love. The whole poem is marvellous.
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  • (8/7/2006 8:24:00 PM)

    love the last line.
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  • (8/2/2006 10:48:00 PM)

    This is beautiful A.J. Mckinley, I loved your poem. You are very talented. This is beautiful. Take care. (Report) Reply

  • (8/2/2006 10:16:00 PM)

    Absolutely Beautiful! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, August 20, 2010

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