THE MIXED ROSE As the wind blows, the petals sway, And intertwined colors of the rose display Difference—red at the tips and white laced inside, The colors strong and distinct yet perfect complements. Red, the color of mystery, blood, anger, and love— Mystery, for the color makes you wonder; Blood, for the color is natural and a part of you; Anger, for the color ignites passion in every situation; Love, for the color mends the hearts of those wounded. White, the color of peace, neutrality, mercy, and purity— Peace, for the wings of a dove reflect light’s gleams; Neutrality, for the color contains no gray of any shade; Mercy, for the waving flag in a mist of bloodshed; Purity, for the soul beams an explosion of inner beauty. This rose is love and peace, Yet mystery and mercy.
Art and literary journal of University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.