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)
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.
My version of this little tale features in ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose’ Rose English (click the image to enlarge)
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The Prophet Mohammed & the Yellow Roses
An Arabic tale tells the story of the Prophet Mohammed.
One day, whilst he was away from his wife and taking part in a raging battle, Mohammed was tormented by an idea that she was committing adultery. This played greatly upon his mind, so he consulted with the Archangel Gabriel, who advised him to test his wife, once he returned home after the battle. “When you next see Aisha, whatever she is carrying, tell her to drop it into the river. If she has been faithful then the items will remain the same colour.”
Mohammed returned home weary and battle worn. Aisha approached him with a large bunch of red roses eager to welcome him. She was surprised when he asked her to drop the flowers into the river. As they both looked on, each rose turned to saffron yellow as its petals touched the water, indicating her unfaithfulness.
However, because he loved his wife so much he forgave her, but the yellow rose still to this day, is a symbol of infidelity.
‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose’ by Rose English
‘Rainbows and Roses’ is a delightful selection of whimsical short stories, along with a collection of poetry inspired by memories from childhood, the environment, together with a little bit of fun.
‘One Breath’: a heartfelt story of love and loss.
‘The Symbolism of the Rose’: with some basic history, myths & legends surrounding the ‘Queen of Flowers’.
‘Grandfather Time’: An ancient longcase clock with a spark of magic.
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