The Rose

This blog has never been about truly personal matters. It makes an exception today for two friends, an activist and a journalist, who have made valuable contributions to Malaysian public life.

“The Rose” (by Bette Midler)

Some say love it is a river
that drowns the tender reed
Some say love it is a razer
that leaves your soul to bleed

Some say love it is a hunger
an endless aching need
I say love it is a flower
and you its only seed

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
that never learns to dance
It’s the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance
It’s the one who won’t be taken
who cannot seem to give
and the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely
and the road has been too long
and you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed
that with the sun’s love
in the spring
becomes the rose


2 responses to “The Rose

  1. Wow…this is very good…one of the best i have ever read…this is very touching to me and i appreciate it very much, thank u for posting it…i have been going thru alot of problems wit love and relationship issues for awhile now and this poem has really touched and inspired me in many way, thank you.

    Peace, Lost_Soul (Dead*Inside)

    Glad that it comforts you. Shakespeare said, “the course of true love never did run smooth.”
    Here is another warming one, you need not be a Christian to appreciate it:

    “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.”
    — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

    Best in life.

  2. Thank you! One of my favourite all-time songs!

    You are most welcome. One of mine too. Good to listen to when you are hurt in or by love.

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