She Bleeds For Roses

from by Phil Mills

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I decided to create a mythology to explain how flowers got their colours...because I didn't have one.


She thinks, now, very seldom of a time before the garden,
Since Queen of Flowers took her there to learn:
That moment when she saw a changing sky within the blossoms
As colour filled the petals, each in turn.

Too soon a day arrived when, frail and wan, the Queen confided
The final secret: that of crimson rose.
Although the heavens give their varied hues to other flowers
These only flourish when a Queen's blood flows.

She bleeds for roses;
It makes a perfect red,
But who will bleed for the roses when she's dead?

Sky at noon gives blue to gentians, clouds set white in daisies,
Golden sun to those that share its name.
The morning light brings flush of pink to early spring magnolia
And twilight purple, irises became.

And when, at last, the time had come to paint the reddest petals,
Late sunset was the donor that she chose.
But sunset only loved the sleep and dreams that came from poppies,
Refused to lend its shading to the rose.


Now in the years since that Queen died and passed to her the mantle
From youth to aging woman, she has grown.
Her scars on arms and face are testament to roses' glory;
Her body is reduced to skin and bone.

She clutches close a razor as she walks among the bushes,
The piercing thorns, too slow and cruel, she finds.
She tells the child who follows, "Make your bargains with the daylight
And never trust a sunset to be kind."



from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Karen Linsley – lead vocal
Phil Mills – acoustic guitar


tags: pop filk Toronto


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Phil Mills Toronto, Ontario

Phil Mills writes songs of science fiction and fantasy fandom: filk.

He released the CD "Rain on the Sand" in 2009, containing all original material, mixing funny and serious treatments. That approach has continued, as does his writing.

He has become an avid promoter of the FAWM and 50/90 online song-writing communities, using those as inspiration sources for yet more songs.
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