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#FolkloreThursday 05 Nightingale & The Rose

Today’s theme for #FolkloreThursday is Birds and my favourite is the tale of how the Nightingale could not sing until he fell in love with the Rose. (Click the image to enlarge)

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The Nightingale & the Rose (An Arabic Legend)

It is told that long ago, the Nightingale could not sing, he simply chirped and squawked. Then one day, he saw a beautiful white rose with whom he fell instantly in love.

From that day forth he was inspired to sing and it is believed that the flower would only open from her bud when she heard the Nightingale ‘s song.

The pair were so in love that one day the Nightingale became so enamoured he grasped the white rose to his breast. He held her so tightly that a thorn pierced his heart. His blood coloured the rose, turning her white petals red , and so she would stay  for  the rest of her days.

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My version of this little tale features in ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose’ Rose English (click the image to enlarge)

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02 Roses in Literature (Myths & Legends)

Oh dear as it was my birthday at the weekend I got quite carried away and forgot to post my Roses in Literature on Sunday. Fortunate for me today fits very nicely with the theme as it is Valentine’s Day (or rather it was a few hours ago). So I thought I might share with you some of my own roses in literature. These all feature in my book ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose’ by Rose English. Click the HERE to visit amazon and take a peek inside.

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The blog title mentions Roses in Myths & Legends so here is a very brief version of how the rose was created, and came to be known as ‘The Queen of the Flowers’. Taken from Greek Myth. (Click the image to enlarge it.)

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Now to share two small poems inspired by ‘Roses Are Red’ poetry.

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It is believed that ‘Roses are red’ poems  have their origins in the 1590’s epic poem The Faerie Queene (Book Three, Canto 6, Stanza 6) written by the English poet Edmund Spenser (1552/3 – 1599) illustrated by Walter Crane. The images below come from an 1895 publication digitally preserved at ‘The Internet Archive’ click HERE to see the book in more detail.

Getting caught up in research, and the beautifully preserved literature is what always seems to catch me out. Sorry not to have been able to share this on Valentine’s Day but I do hope you enjoy the blog all the same.

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‘Battle of the Wind’ a poem by Rose English

Battle of the Wind

Battle of the Wind

War torn and battered,
Our soldiers are paraded
For all to see.
Tall and skeletal.

Worn down by the ‘Battle of the Wind’,
Deciduous soldiers seen
In faded uniforms of russet and gold.
While unscathed Officers
Are still adorned in coniferous finery.

Regiments can be seen lined up along roadways,
Or converging upon hills.

Sometimes a lone deciduous warrior,
Stripped of his uniform,
Can be glimpsed –
Struggling to hold his stance
In a vast sea of green.

These are our mighty British Warriors.
They will live through time and season,
Only to be regaled in new finery come spring.
To stand proud and tall
Amongst their regiments,
In true readiness once again
For the ‘Battle of the Wind’.

Copyright © 2016 Rose English

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This is one of my most inspired poems. The first one I published online, although I cannot for the life of me find it now. I suppose with so many wonderful writers out there it is very easily lost, tangled up in the world wide web.

It is available along with other poems and short stories in my full colour book ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose.’

Happy Reading

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Oh my goodness I forgot all about sharing this poem with the world, it is now featured in my ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose’ book.

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Hello again

 So today I am sharing with you one of my saddest memories. It’s in the form of a little poem to go into my forth coming book ‘Rainbows & Roses – Poetry & Prose’. The book will be dedicated to my father.

I Wish I Could Remember …

I wish I could remember
how you bounced me on your knee,
and lifted me up high, to touch the sky
when I was three.

I wish I could remember
the sound of laughter sweet.
Especially when together
sparkling, shining eyes would meet.

I wish I could remember,
when we walked upon the sand.
We paddled in the water,
While you gently held my hand.

But all that I remember
is a smoky grey dull day,
and images in photographs
before God, stole you, away.

Now the angels share your smile, instead of me.

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Work In Progress (WIP) ‘Rainbows & Roses’

Happy Monday

My current W.I.P. is a book of Poetry & Prose, I hope to get it printed in time for the first UK Indie Literary Festival being held in Bradford, UK in July 2016. There are some wonderful Indie Authors appearing and I would say there will probably be something there for everyone. The authors write across most genre. Click UK Indie Lit Fest above to be taken to their web page.

So back to my WIP the book will consist of a couple of my short stories the main feature being ‘One Breath ~ A Short Story’ I won second prize for in ‘The Daily Bookworm’ competition 2014. It is available as a download but I want to have it available in a print format too. Here is a little teaser from ‘One ~ Breath’

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Also a sample of my poetry I hope it makes you smile?

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Fondest Regards

Rose English

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Day 26 #CampNaNoWriMo 1st Printed Draft

Well Happy Sunday Everyone

So today I am awake early and having completed my Camp NaNo target I have now printed off my two short stories and will start the editing process. Both stories are currently around 7,000 words but I feel I need to cut them down to around half that amount.

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So now they are all hole punched and neatly separated and popped into my lovely rose binder.

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Day 25 #CampNaNoWriMo Final Validation

Good Evening one and all

So this evening I finally validated my word count for Camp NaNoWriMo, my target had been 10,000 words and I achieved 14,436.

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I achieved my aim of completing two short stories for my forthcoming book ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose’ which I am very pleased with just, I need some major editing now.

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Here is a little teaser.

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Thanks for dropping by, please call back for further updates and progress of my little project.

Happy Reading & Writing