Prompt ~Picture of a white rose by Nightlake.
Initially roses were white and had only five petals. The roses turned red when Venus chasing Adonis pricked her finger on a thorny bush. Another belief attributes red color to the blood of Christ that trickled down to a white rosebush below the cross.
The rose has a long history both overt and covert.The bard on ‘the war of roses’ __
And here I prophesy: this brawl to-day
Grown to this faction in the Temple garden
Shall send, between the red rose and the white,
A thousand souls to death and deadly night. (Henry VI)
In Hindu texts, Kansa the demon king of Mathura (forewarned that the eighth child of his sister Devki will kill him) is compassionate about the younger siblings of Krishna when Narad, son of Brahma asks him to count the eighth petal in a rose and Kansa then killed all of Krishna’s siblings.
Our powers, our desires, our food, are necessary for our existence. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers. Arthur Conan Doyle.
The mystery of Rose is truly in the mind of its beholder.
Whiff of crimson blob
glowering splashes of blood
a fragrant wonder.