Musings Of A Rose…Friday Fictioneers -12th May, 2022.

Tragically, the red rose couldn’t speak for herself, and suffered in silence. How she loathed how humans used roses to cover up their despicable, cheating deceit, when all they knew was pure, unadulterated love.

Love wasn’t meant to hurt.

Yet, the rose was also quick to concede her own flaws. Even she’d accidentally stabbed a finger or two, and drawn precious blood with her thorns. Indeed, this was a serious design flaw she intended to raise with her maker.

Then, suddenly, the rose was brutally cut away from the bush, denied the opportunity for further reflection.

It was February 14th.


100 words

As soon as I saw the photo prompt, I was immediately reminded of Dorothy Parker’s epic poem: One Perfect Rose. You can hear her read it here:

One Perfect Rose

A single flow’r he sent me, since we met.
     All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet—
     One perfect rose.

I knew the language of the floweret;
     “My fragile leaves,” it said, “his heart enclose.”
Love long has taken for his amulet
     One perfect rose.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
     One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
     One perfect rose.

Then, of course there’s Bette Midler singing: The Rose:

This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers kindly hosted by Rochelle Wishoff-Fields at 

Best wishes,


15 thoughts on “Musings Of A Rose…Friday Fictioneers -12th May, 2022.

  1. Keith's Ramblings

    Interesting to hear the rose’s thoughts, they must dread February 14th! A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. I so enjoyed listening to one of my favourite songs.

  2. GHLearner

    I love everything of this, the story, the poem and the song. Great reflection on love from the rose and all three together complete it.

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Penny. I certainly have a few questions for when I meet my maker.
    I just Googled why roses have thorns. The theory is that the thorns protect the sweet-smelling flower from animals wanting to eat it. So, acceptance of its thorns might be the best route for the rose.

  4. Rowena Post author

    The rose was was such a great prompt and I really enjoyed reading all the different takes and listening to a favourite song.

  5. Margaret

    Such a philosophical rose. So sad that her life is cut short to cater to a human whim. Like Penny, I particularly liked the line about the design flaw..

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