For Ku On This: KOT# 005–2013 ~ Yellow Rose Vase

until single rose is just a stem

petals in the rain

for A 19 PLANETS ART BLOG 2010/2013

and  OpenLinkNight Week 81 at dVerse


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29 Responses to For Ku On This: KOT# 005–2013 ~ Yellow Rose Vase

  1. Deborah says:

    I’ve used stems in many ways~ beautiful post! Thank you

  2. Luke Prater says:

    So do we keep the stem and see that as an object of beauty, or discard the stem and admire the arranged petals? I love how you throw it sideways so it almost argues on behalf of the stem. And in so few words.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      I love the way you look at things. I say keep the stem. When I wrote it, I inevitably thought of personal stuff . . . so in answer to your question, I say see the stem as beauty and the petals as yesterday’s. Could we even look at a rose stem and not think of the rose that must have grown there? I don’t think I can. I end up with a ghost on the end of the stem, a sort of eternal beauty. Perhaps that’s a tiny bit of of the allure of mono no aware. Thank you for stopping in and stirring my thoughts.

  3. Amy says:

    ah… very nice

  4. HINES says:

    I’m super envious of how much flavor you pack into small bites; all without it feeling like an incomplete meal. I leave satisfied.
    NIcely done.

  5. ayala says:

    Short and yet so much said!

  6. brian miller says:

    there is something really evocative in this to me…stripping a rose down to its stem….

    • Yousei Hime says:

      An associative sadness at least, right? An step bereft of petals, perhaps the table/floor littered with them. Neglect of a floral arrangement to the point of death. Defeats the whole purpose of the preserving of that beauty. I’m rather delighted with all the meanings that drop from that image. 😉 Thanks for sharing yours.

  7. claudia says: much in just two lines…really nice..thinking of transformation…

    • Yousei Hime says:

      🙂 Thanks. It is much on my mind these days. Makes looking for metaphor rather focused. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on it. Enjoyed your poem very much (I usually do).

  8. ladynyo says:


    Lady Nyo

  9. ManicDdaily says:

    Roses in the Snow? K.

  10. Dear Yousei, This is very beautiful. Thank you, Ellen

  11. beautiful. aloha Yousei Hime. i like this a lot. a terrific response (imo). coupled with your image—very wow. aloha

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