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Day 9 – Sick!

Wilting roses in a vase


Wilting roses in a vase
O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
~The Sick Rose by William Blake.

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    • Pea
    • January 30, 2014

    I’ve always found roses that have started to expire their last breaths, rather beautiful..

  1. Reply

    Lovely capture and one that instantly evoked a feeling of sadness in me. Still, it’s beautiful.

  2. Reply

    that is exactly how I feel – but less colorful. This is actually kinda cool how they all bowed out at the same time.

  3. You know I have never taken a picture of flowers once they reach their expiration…but this is beautiful!

  4. Reply

    Gorgeous vibrant colors… it’s a shame to throw them out when they’re still so beautiful. Will you keep them as dried flowers?

  5. Reply

    I reflect all the other comments here in saying that roses do maintain beauty on all stages of its life.

  6. Reply

    The colors are so vibrant even in their post glory days! I’m sure there is a metaphor here somewhere.

    • snap
    • January 9, 2014

    Even at the end of their life, they are pretty … such lovely color.

  7. Reply

    Love how the colors intensify as the petals dry.

  8. Reply

    What gorgeous flowers!

  9. Reply

    Even dry roses are pretty!!

  10. Reply

    Roses… They have a beauty from beginning til end.

    • Remittance Girl
    • January 9, 2014

    I love the papery texture the petals have, once they start to wither.

  11. Reply

    Hope it’s not you that’s sick! The roses still have such beautiful colour.

      • mollyskiss
      • January 9, 2014

      Nope… I am perfectly fine, just the roses that are at the end of their life


  12. Reply

    i hope it is only the roses that are under the weather and not you as well. i was sick the week between christmas and new year with a terrible cold. No fun! Either way, i wish you well.

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