Rose Poems: 70 / 500

Love Is Sacrifice

Rating: 5.0

At a dim-lit dining table I sat
Alone, but a lone red rose in vase, stood
My mind's lost sojourn, she read
Confused and searching, my unusual mood

Rose asked: May I ask why the look of askance?
I could help to bring relief, given a chance
Trust me, I would find you an answer
It would be pathetic to see you whither!

I asked: How do I make my life beautiful?
She whispered: It begins with you being truthful
Your spirit and heart as one, emit fragrance
Become an attractive flower, for instance
Take my fragrance with you
To give away to others around, the few
With her fragrance within, I won many friends

Some time passed
Again, I went to her and asked:
How do I make my life more beautiful?

My rose said: You need to be uniquely coulourful
Be unique you, yet be real and true
Take my firmness, softness, my colour with you
Become real, be the real unique you!
Her uniqueness stood out, my uniqueness
I was loved, I found some happiness

Some time passed
Again, went to my Rose and asked:
How do I make my life complete with love?

She advised: You must learn to love
Really love, without being suave!
Take all my petals, strew them over your love, as you greet
I strewed the petals at my lover's feet
I found my love, all complete

Some time passed
Again, went to my Rose and asked:
How do I find my joy complete?

My Rose replied: I am now only a stump twig
I gave you all, even though it painfully pricked
Love is a choice of offering
A voluntarily self-sacrificing
Patiently, an unselfish giving
There's no greater love than this:
To lay down one's life for a fellow friend!

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Rose Poems: 70 / 500
Topic(s) of this poem: love
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Reflections on love with the rose as an alter ego.
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Nisha Charles 05 February 2016

WOW..I stand mesmerised! Unconditional Love!

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Paul Sebastian 24 March 2016

Thank you Nisha. Indeed, what is love if it not giving and sacrificing. It is other centred not self centred.

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Paul Sebastian 24 March 2016

Thank you Nisha! What is love if it is not giving and sacrificing? It is other-centred not self-centred.

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Mesmerising lines, unique poem, love is to let live, melting for others, real pleasure to read, thanks poet

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Paul Sebastian 18 April 2016

Thank you so much for your appreciation. If only people could think that love is what one gives and not what could get....

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Prabir Gayen 29 November 2018

Love is a choice of offering A voluntarily self-sacrificing Patiently, an unselfish giving There's no greater love than this: To lay down one's life for a fellow friend! .....good thought on love

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Bharati Nayak 07 June 2017

My rose said: You need to be uniquely coulourful Be unique you, yet be real and true Take my firmness, softness, my colour with you Become real, be the real unique you! Her uniqueness stood out, my uniqueness I was loved, I found some happiness- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - My Rose replied: I am now only a stump twig I gave you all, even though it painfully pricked Love is a choice of offering A voluntarily self-sacrificing Patiently, an unselfish giving There's no greater love than this: To lay down one's life for a fellow friend! - - - - - - - - - - - - -A poem of love and sacrifice that makes me comeback to read it again and again.

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Rajnish Manga 02 June 2017

It is always satisfying to read a poem based on one's philosophy of a successful and purposeful life. Loved reading musings on love. Thank you, Paul.

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Richard Wlodarski 27 December 2016

How fascinating is the mind of poets! You have done an absolutely brilliant job with the rose as your alter ego! If you don't mind, I offer you this rose: Love Is A Rose Love is a rose That never dies When it's conditional It's quite dull and mortal When unconditional Totally immortal Paul, I invite you to read my poetry and comment/rate. Thank you.

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Jayatissa K. Liyanage 06 December 2016

Wow! What a magnificent lesson on love for those who strive to die over love. Last stanza comprehends all the essence in what it ought to be. Many thanks for the wonderful write on a theme closest to the heart. X

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