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  A Lovely Rose
by Richard Lee Orey
Monday, January 29, 2007
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A poetic offering with heartfelt dedication

        This poem is lovingly dedicated to Valerie Ann Roeske of Authorsden and untold other
        women who have walked the path of domestic abuse and known
its pain and suffering 
        and who now have come to know in their hearts and souls that "...all we have in life is Love..."


   A Lovely Rose 

In flight of day a lovely rose
Did speak by subtle sway
And stirred a heart so long lain dead
No flower could ever stay

But embers did to fire aglow
And whispered soft affection
And bared a breast to open light
In trust and insurrection

How to know the honest heart
Would blush the lovely rose?
A teardrop fell in shame and guilt
No blush did it propose

But only tender souls may touch
In magic born of heart
And dare to dream of times to come
When they're not far apart

For all we have in life is Love,
To give, to share, enhance;
Would you deny ourselves
A hope? a prayer? a chance?

And so my honest heart does ask
In lines of rhyming prose
If I might share my love with you,
My sweet and lovely rose. 

Richard Lee Orey
Copyright 2009

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Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 2/25/2013
Classic, pretty, empathetic and inviting~
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/9/2012
Reviewed by Sheri Uy 2/26/2010
This is so breathtakingly beautiful, Richard. I wish someone wrote something special for me too. This has undoubtedly captured many hearts. Blessings to you.

Best wishes,
Reviewed by Stephanierose Albach 9/20/2009
so gifted...
this poem is so inspiring to other readers

this is a beautiful piece.

Reviewed by Inspire Hope 9/3/2009
Heartfelt Richard!!!

Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 7/13/2009
Wow Richard,
Now I see why Ms wong wrote a musical score for your poem. Very magical indeed.
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 7/13/2009
what a lovely dedication, you have captured our hearts with this tender and sensitive write...
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/10/2009
To deny would be such a shame to not give would be more of a this is aboslutely EXQUISITE!
Reviewed by Pamela garner 2/7/2009
a true work of art. This poem truly touches my heart..Pamela
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 1/16/2009
Wow Richard. Such sensitivity and heart.What a gift you have, and how lucky we are that you share it with us.

With Love,
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 11/21/2008
The heart like the rose, flutters in the wind and falls apart, but it is in the crushing of the rose which releases it's full and excuisite nature. At least this is what I believe and your poem expressed so well the nature of the rose.
Thank you J'nia
Reviewed by Denise Edwards 10/14/2008
Sigh! Breathtaking! If only I were that rose! So much love in this, and written with a fine delicate pen! Wonderful, Richard!
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 9/17/2008
A beautiful write, Richard. I like how you point out that love requires risk; a decision to chance it. Hugs,
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 9/7/2008
A flower of surpassing beauty for a beauty of surpassing strength and courage. B r a v o and B r a v a !!!
Reviewed by Valerie Roeske 9/4/2008
Raining tearsdrops on my heart and soul, you speak words to me as if you knew, So indeed I gratefully love this, and (Yes you may)!!! I so am honored, Blessings to you, Valerie
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 6/18/2008
Good Morning Richard,
I shold risk all that I offer inspite of the thorns
which I know will not reject to harm my tender touch
so I reach for thee...
beauty of my heart this vision that I see
the imbue purity of love's fragrant rose
Embraced ~ Embrassé
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 5/6/2008
A peace rose, a peace poem, so invitingly for love to shine through.
Reviewed by Patricia Sanders 2/23/2008
Beautiful poetry. I love this poem!
Reviewed by Lynda Nilus (Reader) 1/1/2008
When I first read A Lovely Rose, my eyes welled and a tear or two escaped. Not only a wonderful author but a very gifted poet, too. Without a doubt, Richard Lee Orey is a valiant romantic soul of a dying breed. Blessed is she to behold such a man. My only hope is someday a man would make me swoon as much!

Lynda Nilus, Avid Reader
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 11/4/2007
Beautiful poem, beautiful, like a ROSE!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Chris Wright 11/3/2007
This has a great sound and a great message that pricks the heart as if it were the thorns of a rose. Write on brother!
Reviewed by Richard Odilu 9/11/2007
You are as much a fascinating author as well as a poet. This is an inspiring read for any heart that desires the best of things - love. Richy you are very good.
Reviewed by Frances Webb 8/20/2007
I don't know what to say. Words can't express how beautiful this poem is. Beautiful, sweet, endearing, precious, are some words that come to mind. Thank you again for such a lovely read.
Reviewed by Pamilla deLeon- Lewis 7/27/2007
You are a gifted poet Richard and I am honored to read your work.

Pamela deLeon- Lewis
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 7/11/2007
This is lovely, the rose pict and your poem Rich!
So lovely, warm and endearing!
A Love worth treasuring is felt deeply!
WArmest Blessings! and PEACE! WARm Hugs, Warrior "Spirit" Lady Sheeeoox
STay Positive!
Reviewed by Louisa Middleton-Blake 6/30/2007
Richard, this is one of the most beautiful poems dedicated to a rose that I've ever read, and I mean this most sincerely. And the lovely rose with the delicate shade of peach in your picture, brings the poem to life. You can almost smell that rich perfume. I need more time to absorb the rest of your collection, so I shall return!

Kind regards, and all the best to you, Louisa
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 6/21/2007
Joselyn summed it up. What more can I say, except that love is in the air for a beautiful, derserving pair.
Reviewed by Debra Baker 5/26/2007
This poem was a Rose indeed. Beautiful, very romantic. Reading it, I could feel the thought's of his soul. Pouring out his affection.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 5/23/2007
"for all we have in life is love"
beautiful Richard...and true
Is that rose from your garden?

Reviewed by Spirit Warrior 5/18/2007
A Lovely Rose Indeed!

For all we have in life is Love,
To give, to share, enhance;
Would you deny ourselves
A hope? a prayer? a chance?

And so my honest heart does ask
In lines of rhyming prose
If I might share my love with you,
My sweet and lovely rose.

God Bless -Spirit Warrior
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 5/16/2007
This poem was beautifully and wonderfully worded and expressed. It was blissfully romantic and a true heart toucher! HUGS! SC
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 5/10/2007
This is a piece of poetry that touches on greatness, Richard. I really, really liked it...Jerry
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 5/8/2007

"A Lovely Rose"
Indeed quite lovely...breathtaking I enjoyed the indulgence and sweet aromatic flavors of your write Richard.
Ahhh, so true "... For all we have in life is Love,
To give, to share, enhance;
Would you deny ourselves
A hope? a prayer? a chance?..."

Loved this work have a wonderful time in your life and love.
For me there is nothing more beautiful in all the lands as to share love and to share one's heart.
Breathtaking and spiritually touching!
From the Heart of an Aritst...

Reviewed by Maura Clegg 4/27/2007
All I can say is that both the poem and the love you have for your wife are very beautiful. My heart was touched reading your poem - the love comes from it and shows itself to your reader.

You have a gift that you have not aquandered as many do.

All my best
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/24/2007
Powerful poetry, one that the masters would bow their heads to.
Reviewed by Art Sun 4/20/2007
A very enjoyable view of write well this expression of love through poetry....

really nice work....

enjoyed.....Art Sun...
Reviewed by Lori Moore 4/18/2007
A beauty. A guy could win a heart win a poem like that.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/15/2007
Most beautiful dedication to your beautiful lady!!

Thank you for the visit to my poem "Suicide" and words of encouragement!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sharon Jordan 3/20/2007
Beautiful poem and gorgeous rose!

Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 3/10/2007
Beautiful poem and more so the rose. Lady J
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 2/16/2007

'But only tender souls may touch
In magic born of heart'
Your poetry is as deeply moving and tenderly romantic, as the photograph is breathtaking! Magnificent compilation!

Love &blessings, Rhonda
Reviewed by Jacky Lai 2/12/2007
Romantic and heart-warming! Thank you.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/11/2007

"A Lovely Rose" is hereby sung by the Sublime Gardener of Mother Poet... A Poet himself to give those looking for a Poet ~ the privilege of the exclamtion: EUREKA!

I am richer today: I found the way to Your DEN.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU,
Apprentice-poet by the Grace of Mother Poet.
Reviewed by CJ Heck 2/11/2007
Richard, your imagery, rhyme and meter are superb here and combine to make this one of the lovliest poems I've read in a long time. It's beautiful and so full of wonderful meaning. So very well done.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/11/2007
Absolutely exquisite poem...welcome to the den, Richard

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/10/2007
This is stunning!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/9/2007
Words as exquisite as the beautiful rose displayed. You are fortunate to have a bloom of such beauty to pleasure your senses
in your own garden. A poem to cherish! Thank you for sharing Richard!

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/9/2007
Lovely poem and photo. indeed!!!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/8/2007
Verses and photograph complement one another most effectively, Richard. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/8/2007
Words and bloom totally irrisistible, Richard. You lend strength and subtlety to the tender rose and show by your words that love is neither fay nor fake, but for certain sure is what we all deserve as does the rose her soil of nurture. Your courtroom background is evident even in the realms of love poetry: you put forward a very good case! Pleased to meet you, and I like your empowering Biog-line which is right on the money! Thank you. Kate xx
Reviewed by Approximately Naive 2/5/2007
How to know the honest heart
Would blush the lovely rose?
A teardrop fell in shame and guilt,
No blush did it propose.

The thought of a red rose blushing red - how much more intense can love get? Reminded me of the line, I think from Isaiah, 'whiter than the snow'
And a love to share? This is the one emotion within our being that locks two individuals together. It's opposite separates.

A prime Aberdeen Angus beef of a poem!

Reviewed by A PAX 2/5/2007
I love the gentle yesteryear melody of this write, its sentimentality and grace as classical, and right up my alley
my highest compliment to you

Wish I wrote this........!!!
lol pax A
Reviewed by Linda Hill 2/4/2007
Superb poetry and picture.
I can almost smell this lovely rose!

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 2/4/2007
Simply beautiful my friend...I too love roses and can hardly wait till spring. You've expressed your feelings with much hearfelt emotions within the lines of this wonderful writing. Love is one of the emotions of life that we just can't live happily without! Beautiful imagery, and a great write!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 2/4/2007
I share your love of roses, and what a beautiful way to express "people" love as you've done in your poem. I like your writing style, Richard.
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 2/2/2007
Love is one of the most important factors in life and if a person is lucky enough to have a love so strong, we should grasp at it with all we have and never let it go. I loved the images, the flow and the honest voice of this poem.
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 2/2/2007
The heart of a writer is magical, born to "A Lovely Rose"
Exceptional piece...
Welcome to the den... I too look forward to reading more...
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 2/1/2007
This is gentle and beautiful, Richard, ...

"For all we have in life is Love,

To give, to share, enhance;

Would you deny ourselves

A hope? a prayer? a chance?"

... and oh, so true!

My warmest welcome to the Den, Richard. I'm looking forward to reading more of you in the days, weeks, and months to come.

Peace and love
Reviewed by Elizabeth Parsons 2/1/2007
Flowing seamlessly from line to line, this beautifully written piece has found a place in my heart. My favorite:

"But embers did to fire aglow

And whispered soft affection

And bared a breast to open light

In trust and insurrection."

Reviewed by richard cederberg 1/31/2007
A delicate flow, threaded with a supple message, makes for a fine write.

Light and Wisdom ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 1/31/2007
i love the picture and I like this...
(For all we have in life is Love,
To give, to share, enhance;
Would you deny ourselves
A hope? a prayer? a chance?)

Words fittingly spoken with elegance and romance. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/31/2007

Good morning. Such tender passion in beautiful lines:

"....But embers did to fire aglow
And whispered soft affection
And bared a breast to open light
In trust and insurrection......." GORGEOUS!! (As is the rest)

Welcome to the Den, you're among friends.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by vicki orey (Reader) 1/31/2007
I love your poem, Dad. Beautifully written and straight from the heart!

Love, Vicki
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 1/30/2007
Quite lovely Richard. Welcome to the Den, Holly
Reviewed by J M 1/29/2007
Beautiful poetry both in word and visual..........
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