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Rose Of Destruction

O beautiful rose coming into bloom,
Thy red petals are so vivid as if ye were about to overflow,
Thy green leaves are graceful,
and thy scent bewitchingly fragrant,
Take my blood in thy lips and savour it with thy tongue,
Moisten thy throat,
Then wither and die.
…and the rose will conceive destruction.


This was taken from an anime I watched about a year ago. It was called Aquarion. Originally, it is in Japanese, this is the translated version.

I found a deep meaning in these words. Along the lines of beauty, danger, and “the end”. I wonder what kind of thoughts you have after reading this 🙂

  1. March 17, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    As soon as I read it, I thought of William Blake’s ‘The Sick Rose’ which seems to show an opposite scenario of the rose being the victim instead of the destroyer:

    O Rose, thou art sick!
    The invisible worm
    That flies in the nights,
    In the howling storm,
    Has found out thy bed
    Of crimson joy:
    And his dark secret love
    Does thy life destroy.

    I think roses have the potential to be both powerful destroyers and helpless victims.

    The very, very best insights about roses (and their thorns) can be found in chapter 7 of Antoine de Saint Exupery’s ‘The Little Prince.’ The whole novel is very quick to read and can be found in its entirety online.

    • March 26, 2009 at 8:57 PM

      That is very similar to the poem.
      And I believe that roses are excellent archetypes, as you described.
      I’ll see if I can find that novel around Google 😛

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