“The Rose” – A Poem

The Rose
When God created his kingdom,
He thought and then he chose
That nothing small, nor anything great
Shall be as lovely as–
the Rose.
The morning sun so beautiful,
The evening moon that glows,
The stars that twinkle silently,
Are but shadows to–
the Rose.
The brilliant desert sands,
The mountains bright with snows,
The forests ablaze in greenery,
Are but dull beside–
the Rose.
And, oh, the oceans glorious,
The bubbling brook that flows,
The rivers so mysterious,
Are but dry beside–
the Rose.
The birds in grace and splendor,
Every creature that comes and goes,
Elegant in his own respect,
Yet awkward to–
the Rose.
O’ the beauties of the universe,
Are endless so I pose,
But none, are, were, or eer shall be,
As lovely as–
the Rose.
—Leon Nelkin, 1969

About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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2 Responses to “The Rose” – A Poem

  1. Masha says:

    Beautiful poem. Thank you for posting.


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