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The Three Roses Of Christmas

Posted by on Dec 24, 2010

The day before Christmas, and I thought I’d go in a much different direction than normal. I wrote this poem back in 1993, probably the last poem or anything like it that I ever wrote. I’ve had it for years, but can’t say that I’d thought about it in awhile.

Me being me, it’s probably not a traditional Christmas poem, but it’s my style. I hope everyone is going to visit someone they care about this holiday season, regardless of what you believe, and if not, I hope you have some peace during this time, even for only a few days if that’s all you can get. Happy Holidays to all.

The Three Roses of Christmas

There were three roses of Christmas
Discussing the coming day
The trip they were to undertake
And what they were supposed to say

The first one was a cynic
Said “Man, we’re being used
This cat’s afraid to speak his mind
So we’re to plant a clue

I looked into the brother’s eyes
I’ve seen the signs before
He figures that by sending us
He’ll get a foot in the door

This dude will freak when she reacts
Cause this stuff never works
The ladies like a man who’s strong
Not one who acts a twerp

Man, this way’s a cop out
The girl will see right through
Got too many eggs in the basket
This Christmas he’ll be blue”

The second was a romantic
Said “You’ve got this thing all wrong
It’s such a lovely gesture
Like writing someone a song

Every Christmas love’s in blossom
It’s a perfect time of year
When an exchange with someone special
Brings a sentimental tear

I think our overt statement
Sends a message very clear
It’s sent from someone special
To one that’s very dear

You and your misgivings
Open up and see
We’re the symbol of Christmas love
Like the tree’s for family unity”

The third one had been quiet
Taking in every word
He listened to the argument
And thought it quite absurd

“Why of course we’re a sign of love
We’re not a sign of hate
But love has many levels to which
I hope you can relate

There’s love of just one person
There’s love of family
There’s love of all mankind
Though for us intent’s the key

We can’t be sure of one’s motives
For human’s are a sensitive lot
They never seem happy for very long
When they can’t get what they have not

You two just can’t see how close you are
On the feelings the season brings
You probably see different reasons for
So many Christmas wedding rings

For the cynic, why not send a dozen?
For the romantic, why not send just one?
So many relevant theories are born
With each rising of the sun

And what about the religious
Who know why the day was named
If believers were our destination
Would our meaning be perceived the same?

I think we should be happy for
The feelings we hope to impart
An outward reaction of a smile
And a touching of the heart”

Finally the three were silent
It was time for them to go
There are so many different meanings
That they may never know

Though flowers may enhance someone’s feelings
It’s the receiver who has to adjust
So a specific message may not be conveyed
By any three roses of Christmas.


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Hi Mitch. I’ve never been a poet, nor do I feel qualified to critique the poetry of others, but I can read, and I liked your verse and the message. Thanks for sharing.

December 24th, 2010 | 3:52 PM

That’s what I do, Allan. My poetry is going to be somewhat direct and hopefully easy to embrace. My song lyrics might be deeper, though. lol Happy holidays!

December 24th, 2010 | 5:33 PM

“But love has many levels to which
I hope you can relate”

Why yes it does and yes I can 🙂

Real and relate-able read Mr Mitch!

December 24th, 2010 | 5:10 PM

Thanks Robin; glad you liked it, or at least found it readable. lol

December 24th, 2010 | 5:34 PM

Nice one Mitch! Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2010 | 5:36 AM

Thanks Carl; Merry Christmas to you as well.

December 25th, 2010 | 11:31 AM

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday and…
a Happy New Year!

December 25th, 2010 | 8:56 AM

Thanks Kissie. I hope you have a wonderful holiday as well.

December 25th, 2010 | 11:32 AM