Monday, 1 February 2010

Against The Dearth Of Monday Poems

A Red, Red Rose
by Robert Burns

O my luve's like a red, red rose.
That's newly sprung in June;

O my luve's like a melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.


18 August 2009
© 2009-2010 by Merisi
Vienna's Rose Garden
Volksgarten Park

I am celebrating Burns' birthday
a week late, but I think beautiful poetry
with a bit of summer's joyous colours
may turn out to be an effective vade mecum
to carry along against winter doldrums.

I have another treat for you,
Burns' poem sung live
by a then very talented young singer,
Eva Cassidy of Washington, DC,
beloved by those lucky enough to hear her sing
there at Blues Alley in Georgetown
or in nearby Annapolis, at the Pearl,
as in the recording here:
"Red, Red Rose".

The text of the poem
can be found here.


  1. Beautiful photos as always, Merisi. Eddi Reader also does a lovely version of "Red, Red Rose".

  2. As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
    So deep in love am I;
    And I will love you still, my dear,
    Till all the seas gang dry.

  3. Thank you for the beautiful music and photos that make me think spring will come.

  4. I look out my window as I type and see heavy frost yet after seeing your photos I know all is not lost,
    the Roses will bloom again soon! :)

  5. beautiful images with beautiful words.

  6. Ha!
    If these photos are of Vienna right now I'll eat me hat!

    Oh wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursel's as others see us...

  7. I too find myself wandering through files of pictures taken in summer just to remind myself . . .

  8. Thank you all for your comments!

  9. Will continue the celebration with you!
    I love Eva Cassidy too. We have all of her music. It can make me cry to hear her sing, so deep and from the heart.
    May the red~red rose continue to bloom in your life.

  10. I loved the view of roses in the first shot,from behind the blooms..very unique perspective!

  11. The camellias are blooming near us. Such red roses they are.

  12. oh, i do so long for those red roses abloom! ....and can so check out the amazing work of Eva Cassidy! :) you're always good at sharing!

  13. It is delightful to see these beautiful summer photos, especially the red, red rose, in the dead of winter! Thanks for brightening my day.

  14. A very cheerful sight on a drab cold day..the perfect antidote to drizzle on snow

  15. What a lovely idea to celebrate Burns' birthday. Gorgeous photo of the red rose.

  16. Lovely photos, and thank you for the Eva Cassidy link. She was just amazing. What a loss.

  17. Lovely on a cold winter's night.. Michelle

  18. A wonderful reminder of what is to come.

  19. .....Magnificient Pictures... The summer bright and fresh .....
    Roses are always superb....but admiring in the winter a beautiful "summer rose"....
    Magicly indeed...!
    Have a wonderful and happy week, Cara Merisi!!

  20. Beautiful pictures! And I love that you celebrated Burn's Night! I live in Glasgow, Scotland, and there aren't nearly enough people here who celebrate it. You're setting a wonderful example :)

  21. Merisi - I want to show you my very first Abracadabra rose - it's beautiful.

  22. Eva Cassidy...Oh Danny Boy...Blues Alley...fields of Gold

  23. Merisi:
    What a beautiful post, I love that link to Eva Cassidy singing that, what a voice, brought tears to my eyes. Your photos are just dreamy, I dream of myself in them sometimes. Thank You!


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