Simply Ruby

(02-03-1990 / El Salvador)

Bloody Rose


I found a rose covered in blood,
I wondered how it survived?
I took that rose in my hands
I placed it next to my heart.
The rose grew roots on my heart.
It took my blood to survive.
It fed from hopes, dreams and laughs.
It made me shiver and shine.

Although the rose was taking away,
The energy stored in this facade.
My nights, my days. My moonlight sun
It made me happy. It gave me joy
Losing my soul I didn't mind.
Giving my life just to survive.
The rose knew this, knew this and more.
It didn't care, for it was strong.
It wasn't weak. Not anymore

It tore itself away from me.
Ripping my heart. making it bleed
Piece by piece. deeper than deep
The cuts. the holes. The pain. The tears 
It didn't stop, till it was free
While my heart bleeding 'stay' beseeched.
It didn't care. It walked away
Leaving a mess behind itself

Now I move on forward with my life
Lost. Heartless. Soulless. with out a fight
Wondering and wondering. with pain and fears.
Loneliness. Silence. Cries and more tears.

Today as a lay my head on my hands
Seeking with out finding in this dark land.
I can't help but ask this simple lie.
I found a rose covered in blood
Why did I place it next to my heart?

Submitted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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  • Ed Nigma (6/29/2014 6:12:00 PM)

    Can I be cliché for a moment and say... Every rose has its thorn? Now I can't say for sure but the rose sounds a bit like an emotional leech. For you found it covered in blood and when you held it dear it fed on the life you gave it only to be uprooted and removed. People and things come and go not all things are meant to last. Just comes down to what did you get out of your time with the rose and how will you overcome and grow from this experience. The poem was a bit drawn out though it was good. I would say if you could condense it just a little without losing its flow, emotion and the core message it might turn out even better than it is at this moment. Either way nicely done. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (4/18/2014 10:42:00 PM)

    You longed to keep someone wounded close to your heart.... You found joy and companionship in him/her. For long that person drew sustenance from you and thrived. But breaking all ties, oneday he walked away, leaving you bereft of joy and pushing you into loneliness..... Don't take it so hard.... That's the way of the world... probably someone else will come to your life to give greater joy! I am sure 'bloody Rose' is a metaphor here...

    Nice that Nika introduced you to me! (Report) Reply

  • John Westlake (4/15/2014 5:50:00 AM)

    Interesting way of describing a relationship. Some people are indeed parasites and will just take and then walk away (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (4/15/2014 1:47:00 AM)

    You've expressed your sad feelings and poignant thoughts so well in this poem! Well done!
    'Wondering and wondering. with pain and fears.
    Loneliness. Silence. Cries and more tears.' - A good expression. (Report) Reply

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