Johnny Depp, William Blake, and a Rose Walk Into A Bar

Couldn’t resist.

I loves me some interwebs, children! I wanted to post this picture of a rose in our back yard, and I thought, “What is WRONG with that rose? It doesn’t look at all well.” So that made me think of William Blake’s poem “The Sick Rose” and I went browsering. That’s my new word for browsing the internet. I know, I know: they call the program a browser because you use it to browse the internet. But browsering amuses me.

ANYWAY, I did find the Blake poem at The Poetry Foundation:

The Sick Rose


O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

Pretty hot, eh? Speaking of which, I also found out that Johnny Depp played a character named William Blake (no relation to the metaphysical poet) in a movie named DEAD MAN. You’re welcome.

Meanwhile, I’m over at Fatal Foodies posting about a word that’s fun to say.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What’s in your back yard? Or out your back window? Or on the street parallel to yours?


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Johnny Depp, William Blake, and a Rose Walk Into A Bar

  1. Jane

    May 8, 2012 at 9:44am

    Hi. This reminds me of John Donne’s poetry, kind of fraught with secret meanings. Or not.

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