Prompt Nights – Take time out and stop to smell the Roses


The Black Rose**

I moved in with my aging dad

I said the garden needs attention

He said do what you want

BUT don’t kill the black rose.


In the front of my yard

Under the window of my bedroom

Thrives an old black rose

Inherited from my Grandmother.


The rose has a history once living with Grandmother

Enjoyed life in her beautifully expansive garden

But mother sold Grandmother’s house

Dad rescued and planted it where it is.


Each year in July I prune it

Cut it back, feed it, speak kindly to it

It responses with magnificent blooms

Rich deep reds giving the black appearance.


It gives off the luxurious scent

Of rose water, of Turkish delight

The flowers are beautiful

I swim in the aroma.


When my dad died it responded

A beautiful bloom on his funeral day

The perfect shape it lingered

In its magnificence just for him.


** The Black Rose as such does not exist in nature but rather it is the deep reds that have given it this name……when I photograph mine it always appears much more red than in nature as its always a deep velvet red…..


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35 Responses to Prompt Nights – Take time out and stop to smell the Roses

  1. elleceef says:

    A beautiful tribute to this special rose and the part it plays in your family’s life. I enjoyed it very much.

  2. Jae Rose says:

    Some things in life really seem to absorb the essence of a person – as this beautiful rose seems to and i sense will continue

  3. Sumana Roy says:

    love this rose with a history…beautiful…

  4. Lyn says:

    I love roses. My son bought me one for mother’s day three years ago. It’s surviving despite my neglect. Sadly it has no perfume. I shall feed it and prune it in a week or two and buy it a companion so it will no longer be lonely. A Double Delight, I think.

  5. oldegg says:

    What a wonderful heirloom passed on down to you so that you have the touch of your forebears with you still.

  6. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Such a beautiful rendition of the black rose Michael 🙂 I love the reference to its history and background making it all the more precious. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support ❤❤

    Lots of love,

  7. I love the connection between the rose and its people, the way you relate to it and how it answers to the attention. And the last rose it gifted your grandfather is just miraculous… and so touching.

  8. “It gives off the luxurious scent
    Of rose water, of Turkish delight” wonderful description and such a warm, tender story about your dad

  9. Very touching, Michael. A special rose just full of meaning. Enjoy your garden.

  10. Mandy says:

    This is beautiful, Michael. You and your father were/are good sons to be so protective of something that his mother/your grandmother held dear. The rose is indeed gorgeous 🌹

  11. georginamorley says:

    I’ve used the word “beautiful” a lot with regard to this prompt…guess it is just my automatic response to Roses….and your story is “magically beautiful” I hope she continues to bloom for you XXX

  12. Such a moving poem, Michael. I too hope that your grandmother’s rose continues to bloom for you, with all the attention you devote to her. x

    • Michael says:

      Thank you Freya it thrives on a yearly prune back and saying good things to it……and it’s a lovely link to my past…thanks again for stopping by, hope you are keeping well.😄

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  14. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Beautiful in itself, and as a symbol of family love. And a lovely story you tell.

  15. sreejaharikrishnan says:

    A Beautiful story….it’s a blessing I think….lovely poem!

  16. ghostmmnc says:

    How wonderful that the roses were rescued, to bloom again. Wonderful remembrances of the roses and your dad.

  17. This precious story of a rose and its generational appreciation and meaning touches my heart. What a beautiful gift to have it bloom for your father Lovely

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