Ligo Haibun Challenge ~ Of Roses!

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.

 words <230




12 thoughts on “Ligo Haibun Challenge ~ Of Roses!

  1. Great haiku, and as always rich in information, in your unique style. Interesting that you went the literary/cultural route. I wonder if the rose we see today resembles the rose of Shakespeare’s times, or has a similar fragrance. Probably, but it is surely a manufactured flower in many ways…your haibun gave food for thought..

    • Than you, Pirate.

      The rose today is certainly very different from the original and as you say it could be very different even from Shakespeare’s time. I am sure the rose lovers tried different techniques to produce fuller and more colorful flowers. The fragrance may also have evolved over time with use of Mendelian genetic techniques.

      I and many like me are intrigued by the symbolism and mysticism associated with rose. From Cleopatra to Oscar Wilde and ts more covert aspects in freemasonry and Rosicrucian philosophy – the rose is often a mindset rather than a flower.


  2. hmm, initially white and only five petals – well good it developed into what it is today. beautiful flowers and overpriced at times. 🙂 i enjoyed the haibun.

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