Monday, November 19, 2012

Carpe Diem #49, rose

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I write this episode of Carpe Diem I realize that tomorrow we have our 50th prompt. As I started this daily meme I didn't thought that it will be a success, but ... well it has become a success. I know there are a lot of haiku memes and Carpe Diem is one of many. So I am grateful that I can (and may) host Carpe Diem. Your contribution to this haiku meme are very well appreciated and I am glad that I can do this. It's a lot of work, but ... well ... I love writing haiku and share them with the world as you all seem to like sharing your creativity.
Today we have rose for prompt and I think this is a wonderful prompt to write haiku about.
I have sought out the WWW for the meaning of roses and this is what I found:

Credits: Red Rose

Rose meaning and rose symbolism is known by almost everyone on some level - otherwise it wouldn’t be the most popularly sent flower on Valentine’s Day! 

 Some helpful keywords pertaining to symbolic rose meaning: Love; Honor; Faith; Beauty; Balance; Passion; Wisdom; Intrigue; Devotion; Sensuality; Timelessness

In mythology, rose meaning is associated with Aphrodite (Greek) goddess of love who was often depicted adorned with roses around her head, feet and or neck. In lore, we track down this association when we discover that a rose bush grew within the pool of blood spilled from Aphrodite’s slain lover (Adonis). We can interpret the symbolism here several ways. The most common interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love or a union that will never fade - even through time or death.


Seeking symbolic meaning of the rose from an esoteric perspective, we can look at the Tarot, in which the rose is considered a symbol of balance. Here the beauty of the rose expresses promise, new beginnings, hope. This beauty is contrasted with its thorns which represents defense, physicality, loss, thoughtlessness. The rose is seen in the major arcana as: Magician, Strength, Death and Fool cards. All of these cards hold strong meanings of balance and equilibrium.

Rose meaning is found in their color too:

For example:

Yellow Rose: Joy, Protection against envious lovers, Mature love.
White Rose: Purity, Sanctity, Secret admirer, Mysticism  Red Rose: Sacrifice, Immortal love, Health, Memorial, Passion  Pink Rose: First love, Innocence, Healing 

(Source: Rose meaning ) 

OK ... let's go and do some haiku composing ....

a wild rose
red delicacy in nature -
my sweet love

on this fresh grave
one single white rose
she was just a child
Credits: Yellow Roses
what a joyful day
the yellow rose in my backyard
starts blooming

a rainbow
everywhere I look roses
in thousand colors
Credits: Rainbow of Roses

This prompt will stay on 'till November 21th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new prompt 'circle of life'  today around 10.00 PM (CET).
Have fun!


  1. Me is first !! :D
    Actually I usually am late for previous day prompt so thanks to you leaving the next prompt , I am already ready with the post !

    Loving this set of haiku each day + the beautiful pictures !!

  2. Thank you for the effort in keeping it going. I will try to keep it up every day of the beautiful November. Lovely set of haiku you have

  3. This one warmed my heart. These roses(on my post) are valiantly hanging on in spite of what the calendar says. I had to write about them.

  4. Thanks for keeping the haiku flame burning, Kristjaan, very kind of you.
    Lovely information about the meaning of roses so...thanks once more! You are a terrific host and Carpe Diem is improving day by day.
    About your four haiku, the wild, the sad, the joyful, the colorful rose... all are present in your lovely poems.
    For the third time, thanks!

  5. Great roses and haiku to see! I'm happy that I'm in time today.

  6. Hi Kristjaan! I haven't yet found out, why my linking sometimes works and sometimes not. :-) I'll keep working on this problem.