I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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30 March 2013

Roses from Ondine

When Ondine gave me roses in the street,
she found me loading shopping in my car
and said my name. I looked up, and a star
was shining in her smile, that we should meet

so unexpectedly. I went to greet
(the usual hug) and then she said, 'Aha!
So now I know — it's you these flowers are for,
that I was just presented with.' How sweet —

she'd wandered in to see the flower show
and some strange man had thrust them in her hand,
these fully blooming roses, palest pink.

She felt they were for someone else, and lo!
her widowed friend (that's me, you understand).
I sink my face in scent and colour; drink.

A Miltonian sonnet submitted for dVerse Form For All #28

On 6 June 2016 submitted for Prompt Nights: Roses


  1. A wonderful story told so well.

  2. Beautifully written sonnet..gorgeous pink roses..happy Easter..

  3. What a beautiful act of kindness ... this sonnet is so delicate like its subject

    1. As you see, her act of kindness touched my heart. :)

  4. awww...i love your friends heart...attuned tot he fact they may not be for her...and thinking of you...that made me smile big...cool use of the form rosemary...

  5. Oh, you have just come in, just like that, and wrung my heart. What a wonderful story, just a tinge of sadness but surrounded by the halo of a love remembered, and so artfully wrought that you hardly feel the sonnet around it. This is beautiful, beautiful and yet again beautiful.

  6. life is wonderful with such lovely people around who count others too when blessed! :) loved it!!

  7. Wow, you don't get a better story than that -- compassion and warmth untainted desperate lovers. So refreshing. Great photo -- a fine Milton memory.

  8. So love the idea of drinking in the scent and colour of these roses! What a sweet gesture! Your sonnet is like a love song for the soul!

  9. oh wow this is really lovely...what unexpected joy.. and what a cool story with the man giving them to her and she knows they're for someone else...really cool..enjoy them, they're beautiful..smiles

  10. Thank you to everyone for your comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

  11. "And I say to myself, 'What a wonderful world!'"
    These moments prove the point!

  12. Sigh, this is such an inspirational form Rosemary and I am so honored that you chose to share this poem with us :D Especially adore the reference to" I sink my face in scent and colour; drink." Beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support :D

    Lots of love,

  13. This has me smiling. Lovely use of the form and just a happy act of kindness.

  14. That this is true is icing on the cake. Just makes me so happy to read it.

  15. Miracles have a way of finding their way into the hands and hearts they are meant for.

    Love this so much, the merriment most of all. :-)

  16. the act of kindness is like the rose...beautiful,tender and fragrant..love that last line....

  17. I wonder if the water and drink was in the rose or the giving of the rose - maybe both - it is good to know that goddesses and stars are waiting for us in supermarket carparks..i always suspected as much

  18. A special story, such a beautiful gesture, passed on, and I could feel the appreciation and a little awe ,,, :-)

  19. I love how you've presented this surprise act of kindness. Those pink roses are beautiful!

  20. I love sweet stories about paying things forward. <3

  21. This is really beautiful Rosemary.

  22. How sweet indeed.....the scent of a rose more encompassing than any hug :D XXX