Cruel Words and Rose Thorns: a Poem (with Bonus Haiku)

Updated on April 29, 2017
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Farewell Poetry Month, April 2017

These poems bid my farewell and final contribution to this year's (2017) Poetry Month. I hope you enjoy.

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Cruel Words and Rose Thorns

A spiky rose thorn

Pierces skin,

Drawing blood

From deep within.


Cruel words can do

The very same,

Causing wounds

That will remain.

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Rose Haiku One (Skin Deep)

A rose so pretty

but beware its thorny stem

disguised as beauty.

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Rose Haiku Two (Color Scents)

A rose may be red

and a violet be blue,

but which smells sweeter?

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Rose Haiku Three (True Beauty)

A yellow rose grows

among the thistles and weeds.

True beauty shines through.

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I am humbled by your generous comment, Kenneth. Talent is in the eye of the beholder, as is beauty. Glad you were moved by this. Will talk to you soon.

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        Kenneth Avery 

        13 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        Wow, Jodah!

        I am moved by this poem. And the gorgeous graphics.

        You are much more talented than I.

        I mean it, dear friend. I could learn from you.

        And do not blush--for it is the truth.

        Please keep in touch with me for (due to my health) I do not know when my next sabbatical may be).

        Kenneth

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        16 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi, Tamara. Yes, I try to have a deeper meaning in most of my writing, and hopefully not too far below the surface. Glad you found this enjoyable.

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        Tamara Moore 

        16 months ago

        I did enjoy this poem of yours with deep and important meaning.

        Tamara

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        16 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Shauna. Thank you for that lovely comment. No, I don't think you told me that before, but I am honoured. Between you, and MsDora who said I was one of only two poets whose work she read regularly.. What more could I ask?

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        16 months ago from Central Florida

        John, this final ode to Poetry Month is as breathtaking as the flowers you feature in this hub. You are truly talented, my friend. Have I told you you're my favorite poet?

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        17 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, you are right, Lawrence. People can be prickly and not always realize how much they are hurting others. Glad you enjoyed this.

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        Lawrence Hebb 

        17 months ago

        So true on both counts. Roses may be beautiful, but they have 'prickly' stems to protect the Rose, just like we're often 'prickly'.

        I wonder if we realise the damage we do to others?

        Really enjoyed this

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        17 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you very much, Debangee. Glad you enjoyed this.

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        John Hansen 

        17 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Chris. Life is certainly a rose. Thanks for the birthday wishes..it is just past midnight here now. Much appreciated.

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        DEBANGEE MANDAL 

        17 months ago from India

        Thorns may be present here and there disguised in beauty. Very well said . Absolutely loved it.

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        Chris Mills 

        17 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        Life is a rose, isn't it, John? The beautiful and the painful. Happy birthday, friend. I know it's probably past by now down your way, but I woke up this morning to a helpful notification.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        17 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading, Jo, and for the lovely comment. So glad it brightened your day. I am sure your flowers are beautiful.

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        Jo Miller 

        17 months ago from Tennessee

        Thank you for this beautiful offering to cheer me this morning. It's my favorite time of year, and I've been busy during these spring days nurturing my flowers as they begin to bloom. It's so pleasant to come here and see your tribute to roses and poetry.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        17 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you John. Your comment is greatly appreciated.

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        John Ward 

        17 months ago

        I did Like this poem. It spoke to my spirit and said more than words. Good work John my Friend. I am keeping this on Hand. John

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        17 months ago from Queensland Australia

        That is so true, Venkat. Thank you for reading.

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        Venkatachari M 

        18 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        Beautiful poems and Haiku poetry. Roses are so beautiful! But, they come with their thorns. Just like Happiness comes with sad moments and sorrows.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Debangee. I appreciate that.

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        DEBANGEE MANDAL 

        18 months ago from India

        Rhythmic poems with inspirational, worthwhile, relevant meaning.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you as always, Shyron. Glad you enjoyed these poems, photos and the video.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, you are right Linda. Roses are strange flowers but I love them. Thank you for your kind words.

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        Shyron E Shenko 

        18 months ago from Texas

        John, the poems and pictures are beautiful and I love the video very much.

        Blessings always

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        Linda Crampton 

        18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        These are nice poems to celebrate the end of Poetry Month, John. I love roses, although they are strange flowers. They can give us both beauty and pain, as your poems describe so well.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for the encouraging comment, Michael. Blessings.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for reading, Clive. That is always appreciated.

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        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Bill, I have heard blackberries can be hard to control. I don't seem to have much trouble growing roses though. Once they are established they just need sunlight and very little care. Perhaps you get too much rain. Thanks for reading.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        MsDora, there have been some wonderful poems written by my fellow poets this last month. Glad you enjoyed my humble contribution.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Vasantha. I appreciate that.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Mike. I tried my best. I have fallen behind in reading your hubs unfortunately but I will be over to check them out soon..promise.

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        mckbirdbks 

        18 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John - You offer fine contributions to poetry month.

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        vasantha T k 

        18 months ago from Bangalore

        lovely haiku poetry, well done!!

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        Dora Weithers 

        18 months ago from The Caribbean

        Your farewell poems do justice to the rose and the lessons they teach. What a powerful end to the expert offerings you illustrious poets have given during this month!

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        Bill Holland 

        18 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Roses and blackberries are my nemesis...one I can't grow well and the other I can't get rid of. That has nothing to do with you fine poetry. Just a random thought. :)

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        Clive Williams 

        18 months ago from Jamaica

        appreciate the share friend

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        Michael-Milec 

        18 months ago

        Impressive poetry

        Uncompromising message

        Ambitious but true

        Thorns is feasible

        Never words to remove

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Devika, what a wonderful comment. Thank you.

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        Devika Primić 

        18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Hi your poetry is beautiful and deep! You shared with beautiful photos and lots of emotions.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you so much, Audrey. Glad you enjoyed these.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Ruby for always supporting my poetry. I am so glad you can relate and enjoy.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        18 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Alluring variety of poetry and a pleasant way to say goodbye to this years poetry month. I've enjoyed each one John.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        18 months ago from Southern Illinois

        John your poetry is beautiful and meaningful in many ways. I also loved the video, which is an all time favorite of mine.....

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Lori. Much appreciated.

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        Lori Colbo 

        18 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Roses are my favorite flower and poetry is my favorite medium of writing. You did both justice here. Nice work John.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        They sure can, Coffeequeen. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I don't write haiku often, Manatita. But thought I'd get a few in before the end of US poetry month. Glad you enjoyed these, and love roses.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I knew you were a rose lover, Eric. Thanks for the kind words. How can anyone not love that song?

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        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for stopping to smell the roses, Mark.

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        John Hansen 

        18 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Threekeys. Life is like a rose. Thanks for reading, and happy Hubbing.

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        Louise Powles 

        18 months ago from Norfolk, England

        Yes, words can hurt and remain. Beautiful poetry and true words.

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        manatita44 

        18 months ago from london

        Really excellent haiku's bro. I see you're using my favourite flower. Nice!

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        Eric Dierker 

        18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I love contemplating words and growing my roses. And I love John's poetry. You hit a grand slam on this one. Thank you.

        Oh yes I love that song.

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        Mark Tulin 

        18 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Some sweet smelling poems. Thanks John

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        Threekeys 

        18 months ago

        Life comes with moments of sweetness together with moments of bitter sweetness just as the rose has sweet beauty but comes with its sharp thorns. Love your images. Farewell to American Poetry month 2017, too. Thankyou Jodah.

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