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My Father's Rose (Some Kind of Miracle)

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

The yellow rose

The yellow rose

Father's Day

Although we don't celebrate Father's Day until the first Sunday in September here in Australia, the fact that a number of other countries have just celebrated it encouraged me to write a poem as a tribute to my own father who passed away in May, 2001.

I have previously written poems dedicated to my mother, wife and children, but for some reason had never written one especially for my father. He was a wonderful man, and this is my opportunity.

My father's rose

My father's rose

Meanings of the Yellow Rose

Throughout history, yellow has been closely associated with the sun, making roses of this colour excellent for cheering people up. Yellow roses send a message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colours. The colour represents feelings of joy, gladness, friendship, delight, promise of a new beginning, welcome back, remember me. (source: proflowers.com, Reader's Digest)

My Father's Rose


Although my father has passed away

His rose still blooms each year in May.

The year before his sad repose

We gifted him a yellow rose.


Wise words that my dad has said

Still resonate within my head:

"Never start or pick a fight,

But stand your ground for what is right.


Don't complain about your lot,

Make the most of what you've got.

Girls should not be hit or harmed,

Treat them well and you'll be charmed.


Take pride in everything you do,

Rewards will come if you stay true.

Greet your neighbour with a smile,

Then stay around and chat awhile.


Save all you can for a rainy day,

You'll be prepared then, come what may.

Protect your family with your life,

Your children and your darling wife."


To describe my dad as best I can,

In just two words I'd say, "Good Man."

He was admired by all he knew,

His enemies were none, or few.


The years have gone by very fast,

On May the 4th he breathed his last.

The yellow rose began to bud,

As though connected through his blood.


Friendship, gladness, joy, delight,

The yellow rose means all is bright.

Promise of a new beginning,

Forgiveness for our endless sinning.

Welcome back, remember me,

Is what it's blooming means to me.

The Miracle Rose

We bought a rose bush for my father for his birthday on 15th May 2000, the year before he passed away. Because one of his favourite songs while I was a young child was "The Yellow Rose of Texas" we decided to purchase a yellow rose. It was originally a miniature yellow potted rose and was flowering when we bought it and presented it to him as a gift. It continued flowering for about a month before losing its petals. After that it didn't start to bud again until the 4th May the next year on the day he died.

We took a cutting from the bush and planted it next to his grave after the funeral. The rest of the plant my wife and I took with us and planted in our own garden.

The mysterious thing about this rose is that it begins to bud every year around the anniversary of my dad's passing and is in full bloom by his birthday. After that it continues to rebloom spasmodically until after Father's Day at end of Winter and start of Spring(September in Australia). The strange thing about this is that most roses begin their major blooming season in the Spring months of September and October.

Also what started out as a miniature rose now has full size flowers, probably as a result of it being planted in the ground. The blooms seem to increase in size each year. We believe this rose is a constant reminder that my father is watching over us.

© 2015 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 28, 2017:

As soon as I read your poem I related it to my experience and this hub, Jan. Yes our parents certainly are watching over us. Thanks for reading.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on March 27, 2017:

Wow, that is so beautiful and comforting, John. Thanks for inviting me over to read this poem and story about your dear father. I really appreciate how you related to my poem about my mother. Our parents are watching over us.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 03, 2016:

Better late than never, Diego. Thank you for the generous comment.

Diego Esperante from Mexico on July 03, 2016:

Lovely poem, Jodah. Even if I´m a bit late to say it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 01, 2015:

Thank you Glenn. I am glad you were attracted to this hub and could relate through your own father's love of yellow roses. I think "synchronicity" as coined by Carl Jung is real and I think this was one example. Thank you also for your kind words. Cheers.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on December 01, 2015:

This hub caught my attention because my father liked yellow roses and we also planted one for him when he died. I found your poem very touching and meaningful. And the explanation you gave at the end was very inspiring.

I have a spiritual side to me and when I experience synchronicities in life such as what you described, I truly believe they are telling us something.

I realize it's been 14 years, but I'm sorry for your loss. Your tribute to your father is a wonderful expression of your love for him and memories of him.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 31, 2015:

Thank you for such an insightful and caring comment savvy dating. Much appreciated.

Yves on August 31, 2015:

I love stories like this. I truly believe your family is receiving a gift from above. How wonderful that you had such a wise and loving father--God rest his soul. Your poem is a lovely tribute to a very special man. Also, I absolutely loved the pictures. Truly amazing!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 23, 2015:

Thanks Chris, yes it is a great reminder. There are things in this world beyond our understanding, this is just one of them. Glad you liked the poem.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on July 23, 2015:

Great poem and history of your father's rose, John. What a wonderful reminder every year of the man you call father.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 23, 2015:

Thank you Jo, yes he was the best. I do greatly appreciate your constant support and the vote up too. Hugs.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on July 23, 2015:

This is truly beautiful John. It sounds like you had an amazing dad!

I find your words very moving. Voted as such.

Beautiful, Awesome, useful and interesting. :-)) Up she goes

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 21, 2015:

Thanks Kevin, condolences about the loss of your father too. I appreciate the vote up, share etc.

The Examiner-1 on July 21, 2015:

That was beautiful John and I regret your loss. If you had not explained why you wrote it now I would have wondered why it was late.

My father passed away too John - about the same time I did not keep track. I also do not know whether he had anything favorite. I just began writing Father's Day poems when I was on HP.

I voted this up+++***, shared and pinned it.

Kevin

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 14, 2015:

Thank you for reading and the kind comment RJ. Much appreciated.

Ralph Schwartz from Idaho Falls, Idaho on July 14, 2015:

Great tribute to your dad! Nice work.

Sunny River from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality on July 12, 2015:

I know it's been a while. Life got crazy. :) But I'm back now and hopefully to stay.

Yes actually I have a couple new chapters of Cage of Gold up. :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 11, 2015:

Thank you for reading Sunny River, I haven't seen you around Hub Pages for awhile. I hope all is going well in your part of the world. Have you written any new hubs recently.. If so I haven't been notified?

Sunny River from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality on July 11, 2015:

Oh how touching! I've never had anything like this happen to me, but I've certainly heard of it before. What a lovely poem.

Thank you for sharing. :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 04, 2015:

Flourish, I think you are right that my father is still with me in spirit. Thank you for the kind words.He never really read much of my writing. I like to think he would be proud.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 04, 2015:

Most definitely that rose bush is a sign. This was a beautiful poem, so well done. I think he is with you in spirit, and I bet he would be so proud of your writing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 04, 2015:

Thanks Lawrence, that is probably why it took me so long to do it. Much appreciated.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 03, 2015:

Dads are the hardest to write a tribute to. This was awesome.

Lawrence

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 03, 2015:

Thank you for the kind comment Kim. I am sure it is a difficult time for both you and your dad. I am sure he appreciates you being there for him. Take care.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on July 03, 2015:

John,

As you can imagine, since my mom's passing in May, my energy has been spent on "being there" for my dad. This is such a lovely hub and will forever be a favorite. Thank You. Voted up, etc...

Blessings to you and your dad,

Kim

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 02, 2015:

I do always cherish those moments teaches..I just wish there were more years. Thanks for the lovely comments.

Dianna Mendez on July 02, 2015:

Your tribute to your father is heart warming. Mine was not so inclined to express his thoughts with me as a child, but I choose to remember the good man he was and how he passed on a valuable legacy of faith. Cherish those moments, Jodah.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 29, 2015:

Chris, thanks for reading and also for your kind comment and heartfelt sentiment.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on June 29, 2015:

Beautiful, serene, and loving is how I would describe this piece. The poem is wonderful and the rose blooming is a testament to your love and admiration for him. Incredibly touching. Voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 28, 2015:

Genna, thank you for such a beautiful comment. Sorry to bring on the tears, but we do need to remember our loved ones. Thank you for haring about your mother's hydrangea too, which confirms that there are things beyond what we can explain. I appreciate the vote up and share too.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 28, 2015:

John, your father was a wonderful man. I loved Bravewarrior's comment: "It seems your father's soul is tending the yellow rose." This, like your beautiful poem, is love. Your loving tribute brought a few tears in that it reminds me of the hydrangea I planted in honor and memory of my mother. It doesn't begin to bloom until late June, which is when she passed away. All things exit in relationship. :-) Voted way up and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 28, 2015:

Hi Word(Al), yes unfortunately we don't always show our father's how much they mean to us while they are alive. As a writer it's my responsibility to recognise him now. God bless you too.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 27, 2015:

Hey Jodah, you had a fantastic father. Yes, we all seem to neglect our wonderful dads. This is a great tribute to him. He's smiling down on you for that. God bless!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 27, 2015:

Thanks for reading Mike. I appreciate your kind words, and yes my Dad does seem to be tending the garden. The rose is a welcome and constant reminder.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 27, 2015:

So good to see you Cris, hope all's going well up there in the sky. Thank you for your kind comment and well wishes for Father's Day, but you aren't too late because in Australia we don't celebrate it until September :)

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 27, 2015:

Hello Jodah, you do your Father proud. Good that you were able to spend some time with him as you composed your poetry in his honor. I find it interesting that he tends your garden and that rose blooms also in his honor. It is clear that you and he share pride in each other and continue in each other's hearts.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on June 27, 2015:

What a lovely tribute to your dad. I'm way behind to greet you but I hope you had a truly wonderful Father's Day.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful write, the poem and the story behind it is indeed very touching.

Love from the sky~

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 27, 2015:

Thank you Deb, your comment is touching. I am sure he IS watching over me. Glad you enjoyed this poem and story. Much appreciated.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 27, 2015:

I'm sure that you dad IS watching over you, as his rose reminds you every year. This was a touching poem, and a wonderful story. Your father made you a good man, too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 27, 2015:

Thank you Rasma. Your kind comment is greatly appreciated.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 27, 2015:

Voted up and awesome. A most lovely rose and a wonderful tribute to your father.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 25, 2015:

Thank for reading R.Q., yes he was the "Salt of the Earth" o to speak.

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on June 25, 2015:

Very nice tribute dedicated to your father John; sounds like your dad was a real stand-up guy.

Best Wishes;

R.Q.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 25, 2015:

Thanks Jackie, I see we are the same a far a our parents are concerned. I can relate to everything you say. It is poignant how your view can change (in regard to you and daffodils and myself with the yellow rose because they were a parents favourite flower and now we have to honour their memory through them). I appreciate you reading this and for your caring comment.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 25, 2015:

If we could have only known how much our parents meant to us while they were here. I know I knew it would be so hard on me once my parents were gone but I don't think hardly a day goes by I don't wish this or that I had said or done for one of my parents. I wrote about daffodils for my mom because I was so brazen to ask why she loved such a simple flower and now that flower means so much to me because of her and I see the same in your few of your father's rose.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story in your beautiful style!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 25, 2015:

Thank you MsDora :) I hope the rose blooms forever.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 25, 2015:

Jodah, the poem is absolutely beautiful! What a marvelous reminder of your Dad's presence in your life--both the poem and the mysterious rose!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 25, 2015:

Thank you for the kind comment Chitrangada. I can't thank my father enough for what he gave me, so the least I could do was write this tribute. Thanks for the vote up too.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

A lovely and heart touching tribute to your father. And I liked how you related it with yellow roses. Yellow signifies Sunshine, hope and brightness, so much necessary for our lives.

Perhaps most of us don't say enough thanks to our fathers. Whereas their whole life is devoted to making their children's life better and more comfortable.

Thank you for sharing this touching hub! Voted up ++.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 25, 2015:

Glad you enjoyed this tribute Peg. Thank you for the kind comment and yes that song means a lot to me too.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 25, 2015:

Loved this amazing tribute and poem for your dear Dad. What a beautiful sign he sends to you in remembrance of his life. I love yellow roses and also the song "Yellow Rose of Texas".

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 24, 2015:

Thank you Audrey. I agree, especially if we can no longer speak to those loved ones in person..why not write a tribute?

Audrey Howitt from California on June 24, 2015:

This is lovely John! So important to find ways to honor those we love

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 23, 2015:

Thank you Ruby. I like roses in general, but as you can understand, yellow ones are extra special. I appreciate the vote up.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 23, 2015:

Beautiful tribute to your father John. Yellow roses are my favorite along with the red. Voted up..

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 23, 2015:

Hey Frank, glad you liked this poem. Your praise is always gladly accepted whether deserving or not :) Thanks my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 23, 2015:

Hi Mary, glad to hear you plant rose bushes in memory of your father and grandfather too. Thank for your kind words and I like to think my father would be happy with this tribute too.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 23, 2015:

a very wonderfully charged tribute and an awesome poem.. you my friend are indeed an able poet.. of hugh standards :) Frank Bless you

Mary Craig from New York on June 23, 2015:

My father and grandfather loved roses. Every rose bush I plant is in memory of them, but it seems your yellow rose has a direct connection to your Dad.

He left a loving legacy according to your poem. I'm sure the rose and the poem have him smiling now since both are beautiful and are reminders of his life!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 23, 2015:

Yes he was, and thanks for reading and commenting Eric.

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on June 23, 2015:

Sounds like a wonderful man. Sweet tribute.

EWF

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 23, 2015:

Thank you ps, I hope he is smiling down. I appreciate the vote up and angels too.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 23, 2015:

O i know your Father is smulung as he reads this and when he spies the lively yelloe rose each year. Keeping in tiuch with our lived ines does happen through nature. Angels are on the way ps voted up++++

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thank you Alicia. I appreciate you reading my hubs and the generous comment for this one.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thank you for the interesting comment Michael. I appreciate you reading this and your kind wishes for September Father's Day here.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 22, 2015:

This is a lovely tribute to your father and a lovely story about the yellow rose, Jodah.

Michael-Milec on June 22, 2015:

Hi Jodah.

Significant rose bush birthday gift with a message. Orchestrated by eternal purpose yellow rose meant to be blessing to you, your family and to all of us around the world: the wisdom of a loving father how to live a successful life. Now we see a fruit of it and leaving the place wiser, much wiser knowing when our earthly fathers are not with us here on this earth, we do have loving heavenly Father continually leading us on path of righteousness.

Happy fathers day in September, my friend.

Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

Blessing always.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Theresa (Faith) what a lovely comment. The response from you and my other friends here at HP means so much to me (especially when writing personal things like this) and is a constant encouragement to write more. To know what I write is enjoyed by others is my main motivation, not money or adulation and awards. Thank you for being one who makes it a pleasure to write here, for the share, tweet, pin, vote up, G+ etc. Blessing and hugs to you.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 22, 2015:

Oh, John, this is a most beautiful tribute to your wonderful dad. I know he was and is a proud dad in knowing you are a fine son. I have always loved yellow roses, well all roses, but yellow is so friendly and sunny ...and hopeful.

I think by your sharing about your dad, we have gained a lot of insight into the man we know ...YOU.

You are truly blessed in this life to have had such a dad. Your poetry is magnificent and beautiful.

I love the photos of your dad's yellow rose. I received a blessing that you decided to write about your dad even though it is not Father's Day there. Thank you for sharing the beautiful part of life with us all here.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Peace, hugs and blessings always

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Yes Mary, the rose is a constant and welcome reminder. Glad you had a wonderful father too. Thank you for reading and glad you enjoyed.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 22, 2015:

Your Father was a very wise man. I was fortunate to have a wonderful Father, too.

I love your story of the yellow rose and how it relates to your Father's passing. I'm sure when you see the rose in bloom, it reminds you of that great man.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Hi drbj, glad you enjoyed this tribute. Yes, the rose is truly remarkable..it helps me keep believing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

What can I say Harish, that is such a kind and generous comment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are a true friend here on Hub Pages. I am glad you enjoyed this hub tribute to my father.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thanks for reading Larry, sorry about your dad, but hope you had a great first Father's Day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thank you for your kind and encouraging words Marie. Yes, "the heart does go on." Blessings back and thank you for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

HinDana, thank you for reading this, glad you enjoyed my poem and found the hub touching.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thank you for reading Lori, and the kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thank you Carb Diva. Glad you enjoyed this. Yes, I think they are values most of us should embrace.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thank you Eric. Glad it brought back memories of your own father. I agree with everything you say here. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Good to see you Nellieanna, hope all is well with you. Thank you for the kind comments and comparison of my dad's advice to Kipling in "If". Hugs back, and please feel free to share anywhere you please.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thank you for your kind words manatita. Much appreciated.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 22, 2015:

What a lovely tribute to your loving father, Jodah. And I can understand how comforting those yellow roses are for you when they bloom each year on his birthday. That is quite remarkable you know. Don't stop believing.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on June 22, 2015:

A wonderful and loving tribute to a father who had great wisdom and knew well how to live a happy and decent life, as is evident from the remarkable advice he gave to you. This tribute reminded me of my late father and his awesome traits.

John, yellow roses that blossom in your garden are such sweet reminders of your great dad. The qualities that you described about yellow color are synonymous with your dad's philosophy of life. May God rest such a great soul in all peace !

This hub taught me one more thing : we can relive the memories of our loved ones not only through photo albums, videos, things they adored but also through some beautiful plants and trees like a memorable rose plant in your lovely poem. On father's day, this is a glorious tribute !

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on June 22, 2015:

Great poem.

I lost my father a while back, and I just celebrated my first Father's Day as a father.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on June 22, 2015:

Nicely written. I appreciate your dad's good advice within the lines. I think the cycle of this rose as you have described is uncanny. As the song from the Titanic goes, "the heart does go on."

My dad died in March 2001.

Blessings! Voted Beautiful, Awesome and Up. Sharing on Facebook. ***

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on June 22, 2015:

Beautiful tribute to your father. I can see he left you with words of wisdom to live by. I loved the poem and the story behind it- I found it very touching. Thank you for sharing.

Lori Colbo from United States on June 22, 2015:

How absolutely lovely.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 22, 2015:

Jodah - what a beautiful tribute to your father. From your poem it sounds as though he instilled in you the same values that my father taught to me. Well done.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 22, 2015:

This is beautiful. It immediately brought me to fond memories of my father. I do not think I would garden if I did not feel a connection to the plants. Certainly that connection does not die with the body. Thank you.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on June 22, 2015:

This is not only a beautiful tribute to and memory of your dear father, but I'm thinking that his advice was on a par with Kipling's in "If" - and that is high praise! Hugs, John. Thank you for sharing. I should share it on FB.

Even the readers' comments are so worthwhile!

manatita44 from london on June 22, 2015:

Beautiful story, beautiful poem and wonderful rose. Excellent and well-rhymed poem. I'm so glad that you managed to get it done. Much Peace to you and to your loving Father in Heaven.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 22, 2015:

Yes, John, it was hard but the sunshine revived a rather harassed and tired me as I'd had a harrowing time for a few months. I was lucky to have my two daughters and sister to organise things whilst I was away; they were wonderful.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Hi Shauna, thanks for your insightful comment. Yes, I think you are spot on with your observation. I can't explain it any other way.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thank you Bill. I thought about writing this along time ago but I guess the time wasn't right. Glad it touched you, and yes that is what writing is about.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 22, 2015:

John, it seems your father's soul is tending the yellow rose. He's with you and is letting you know through the distinct growing pattern of the rose you gifted him with. I don't see any other explanation for it taking on a life of its own when all others are dormant. How cool is that?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 22, 2015:

Awww, that's beautiful, John. You touched me with this one, and isn't that what writing is all about? Lovely, lovely tribute to your father.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thank you Siva, I appreciate your kind comment.

Chandrashekhar Siva from Chennai on June 22, 2015:

Simply FANTABULOUS

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2015:

Thank you whonu. Much appreciated.

whonunuwho from United States on June 22, 2015:

A wonderful tribute to your dad my friend. Well done. whonu

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