sanguine artist

sanguine artist

Red roses

for you

I paint

a perfect red rose


deep passion

creative spirit

dramatic statement

yet contrary to

the symbolism

thorns are stronger

than your true love

sharp barbs

prick my fingers

drawing blood

to paint

a single imperfect

red rose

for I am

a sanguine artist

I paint with

blood and tears.

Inspired by mindlovemisery’s menagerie photo challenge #35, flowers in the snow for mindlovemisery’s menagerie.



16 thoughts on “sanguine artist

  1. Pat November 21, 2014 / 7:43 am

    Powerful and simple – and yet – multiple meanings. Great job :D


    • phylor November 25, 2014 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks Pat! I feel guilty that I don’t browse around and read other posts. Long story, but it seems selfish, to me, to garner the praise of others and not return the praise and favour!

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      • Pat November 29, 2014 / 10:40 am

        Well I think we all do what we can, given our time and particular set of circumstances – and that is all we can do. :)


        • phylor November 29, 2014 / 11:07 am

          Very true. But there are so many great blogs, yours included that I enjoy reading and learning from that I miss the experience, and when folks like you leave such encouraging comments, I feel guilty that I don’t pop over and read your posts!
          Long reply, I know. Almost a piece of flash fiction, lol.

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          • Pat November 29, 2014 / 2:02 pm

            Lol – yeah, flash fiction ;)

            Look – you so what you can, that’s all.

            I haven’t been around for some time now – and I have pages to read – reams – but I won’t do it all – I’ll just select and browse when I can, until things work out differently.

            Give yourself a break already!

            When it come to my space – I expect nothing from my readers. Those who can can – those who can’t can’t. No problems. Sure, I appreciate all the feedback and likes and great comments – but sometimes people just can’t do it – for whatever reasons. And this shouldn’t be a big deal. *shrugging* it isn’t to me, at any rate.

            So, go on, go have your favorite treat – and stop feeling so guilty. You’ve done nothing wrong. :D


            • phylor November 30, 2014 / 12:02 am

              Thanks Pat. I can get caught up in the “shoulda, coulda, woulda” syndrome! Had a bowl of Hagen Daas Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Ice cream is not safe in my house! :-) lol!

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              • phylor November 30, 2014 / 12:04 am

                I finally got a happy face!!! :-) :-) :-)


              • Pat November 30, 2014 / 12:16 am

                :D See and you feel much better for it – I know I would -yum!


  2. phylor November 20, 2014 / 11:49 pm

    I just rechecked the meaning of sanguine I intended — that of blood-red, related to blood, search for blood.
    You are quite right, the other meanings are cheerful, optimistic, hopeful, positive; I never thought of you as blood-thirsty!
    My narrator is definitely on the dark side of the word.
    How was your trip?


    • phylor November 25, 2014 / 6:52 pm

      Goes with a comment made further down


  3. georgeplace2013 November 20, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    For me this starts with idealism and ends with reality. I love the imperfect rose of blood and tears. Nice.


    • phylor November 20, 2014 / 11:32 pm

      Thank you.
      Mindlovemisery’s images of roses set my mind to thinking. I looked up the meaning of the colour of roses and decided red held a dramatic nature.


      • phylor November 20, 2014 / 11:33 pm

        I looked up the symbolism of roses based on Mindlovemisery’s wonderful photos of roses in the snow.


        • phylor November 20, 2014 / 11:34 pm

          The breaking of the bonds between lovers seemed to be a matter of tears and blood.
          Thank you again for the compliments.


  4. summerstommy2 November 20, 2014 / 5:39 am

    I liked this poem well done to you. I was once told I had a sanguine personality which meant nothing so I looked the word up and then thought, it would be ok if I did, I think.
    Have a good day.


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