Poetry Prompt: Roses Are Red (Sometimes)


This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer.

In her poem “Sacred Emily,” Gertrude Stein famously said “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose,” and in so doing she “completely caressed and addressed a noun.”

This Valentine’s day—in lieu of the old greeting card stand-by “roses are red, violets are blue,” which we can all agree is specious at best—your task will be to write a love poem using a noun other than “rose.” Find another noun to “caress and address.”


  1. Choose a noun from “Sacred Emily” that is not “rose.”
  2. Designate the line including that noun as your poem’s title.
  3. Write a love poem to that noun using language repurposed from the Wikipedia entry for “rose” and/or other rose-related materials (optional).



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  • February 15, 2015


    weeds without papers

    widely grown
    without regular treatment
    grown without regular treatment
    ornamental thorns
    frequently browsed

    transparent pale yellow
    darker oil

    widely grown
    commonly made
    commonly called
    pests and diseases
    frequently browsed

    climbing or trailing
    large and showy

    widely grown
    alternating nodes
    nodes and internodes
    green points alternating
    frequently browsed

    by the fruit-eating birds
    by animals
    by deer
    by air

    widely grown
    an adaptation to trap
    an adaptation to reduce
    embedded in a matrix
    frequently browsed