Sub Rosa


   Said under the Rose


Lofty rapturous secrets in prose

Poems upon poems and ecstatic throwes

Summoning forth Aphrodite, 

All the Greek Gods and goddesses


Great sleek beasts 

To strangle your indiscretions 

Leaping forth 



Gnashing their teeth.

Sub Rosa

Air stained red and black and gold

Hypnotize them with your lusty attars.

Laughing like idiots intoxicated

In its poison Absinthe.

Its all illusion.


The sensation of a phantom limb

Twitching and kicking and writhing about.

More to the point, 

A hallucination matters not the lightest.

Not in any infinitesimal measure,

And when the vertigo subsides,

Like the ebbing tides of late fall 

Unscathed and gentle

A gloom sets in.

Said under the Rose.

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn

should never crave the Rose”....

      I say to you...Mr. Shakespeare...

“In the raptures of intense love,

does not the thorn itself crave to be grasped”.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

  In Ancient mythology the Rose is a powerful symbol of love and adoration...and strongly associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love, who’s frequently illustrated wearing a crown of roses around her head.

     In addition to these facts, the rose was a symbolic carrier of secrets. The term “Sub Rosa” originally came from the ancient practice of hanging wild roses above meeting places and tables in the Roman Era. It means anything said “Under The Rose” would never be spoken of or repeated elsewhere.


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allets's picture

Sub Rosa

Repeated comment.



Beatnik1979's picture

Very clever


ok here goes, then....

when  was just  a wee lad , of the age of 4...or 5...

i was attacked by a dog and it has left me with a life long aversion and general mistrust of dogs.

suffice it to say......

I am a “Cat Person”



allets's picture

Sub Rosa

Unrepeated if spoken under the rose may be the source of the Klingon axiom, Nothing can be false if spoken under the naked stars (paraphrased). Nice, thanks for the allusion. Wonderful! - slc



Beatnik1979's picture

I’m glad

you dig...

if it’s only that simple...right?

nothing could ever be that easy....

i still do believe that they contain majick to a reasonable measure.