John Boyle O'Reilly

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

A White Rose - Poem by John Boyle O'Reilly

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


Comments about A White Rose by John Boyle O'Reilly

  • (3/19/2018 6:44:00 PM)


    Beautiful truth written so well, one can almost smell the roses. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/17/2018 11:54:00 AM)


    Nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/8/2017 3:36:00 AM)


    Roses (may be red, white or cream-white) carry with them our emotions and feelings to a loved one.
    Nicely presented. Thanks.
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  • Ruby Mostazir (3/2/2017 2:06:00 PM)


    Love this..... (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (3/2/2017 12:12:00 PM)


    A poem with a romantic appeal.
    Nicely written in a quatrain of two stanzas.

    SYLVA
    Sylva.
    (Report) Reply

  • Anne Velevski (3/2/2017 9:35:00 AM)


    It's nice...but i go with the feel and it flows with warmth. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (3/2/2017 7:03:00 AM)


    Lovely poem of soft and tender emotions. A pleasure to read. (Report) Reply

  • (3/2/2017 6:10:00 AM)


    Wow! What a wonderful flight of imagery! Great poem crafted by a master craftsman. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (3/2/2017 4:32:00 AM)


    a nice romantic poem with lips of desire? (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/2/2017 2:36:00 AM)


    Purest and sweetest.... thanks for posting... (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/2/2017 1:21:00 AM)


    Most adorable poem!
    Beautiful imagery of the red, white and cream white roses!
    (Report) Reply

  • Lantz Pierre (3/2/2017 1:09:00 AM)


    A beautiful little exposition on the rose as symbol of love. Itself a cliche this poem rescues the trite, over-done trope by turning it gently, sweetly and examining the symbolism against the true feelings in the heart. An excellent application of intellect in alliance with emotion to bring about a greater depth of perception regarding our human response in the world. Delicate and delicious. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/2/2017 12:46:00 AM)


    Whispers of passion. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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