The Sick Rose

William Blake

 
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.
 

Poems by This Author

America, a Prophecy, Plates 3 and 4 by William Blake
The Guardian Prince of Albion burns in his nightly tent
A Divine Image by William Blake
Cruelty has a Human heart
A Poison Tree by William Blake
I was angry with my friend:
Ah! Sunflower by William Blake
Ah! sunflower, weary of time
Auguries of Innocence by William Blake
To see a world in a grain of sand
Cradle Song by William Blake
Sleep, sleep, beauty bright
Eternity by William Blake
He who binds to himself a joy
Holy Thursday by William Blake
Is this a holy thing to see
Infant Joy by William Blake
I have no name
London by William Blake
I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Love's Secret by William Blake
Never seek to tell thy love
Milton [excerpt] by William Blake
And did those feet in ancient time
Proverbs of Hell by William Blake
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy
The Angel that presided 'oer my birth by William Blake
The Angel that presided 'oer my birth
The Chimney-Sweeper by William Blake
When my mother died I was very young,
The Divine Image by William Blake
To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
The Fly by William Blake
Little fly
The Lamb by William Blake
Little lamb, who made thee?
The Question answerd by William Blake
What is it men in women do require
The Tyger by William Blake
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
To Autumn by William Blake
O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained


Further Reading

Poems About Illness
Kaddish, Part I
by Allen Ginsberg
A Litany in Time of Plague
by Thomas Nashe
Afternoon at MacDowell
by Jane Kenyon
Against Elegies
by Marilyn Hacker
Anxieties
by Donna Masini
Auld Lang Syne
by Jennifer L. Knox
Beasts
by Carmen Giménez Smith
Bedside
by William Olsen
Breathing
by Josephine Dickinson
Christmas Away from Home
by Jane Kenyon
Cognitive Deficit Market
by Joshua Corey
Evening
by Gail Mazur
Everyone Gasps with Anxiety
by Jeni Olin
Having it Out with Melancholy
by Jane Kenyon
Her Body Like a Lantern Next to Me
by John Rybicki
Hospital Writing Workshop
by Rafael Campo
In Memory of W. B. Yeats
by W. H. Auden
Losing It
by Margaret Gibson
Mastectomy
by Wanda Coleman
Phases
by Michael Redhill
Prayer for Sleep
by Cheryl Dumesnil
R.I.P., My Love
by Tory Dent
Sick
by Shel Silverstein
The Embrace
by Mark Doty
The Land of Counterpane
by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Nurse
by Michael Blumenthal
The Sick Child
by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Subalterns
by Thomas Hardy
The Transparent Man
by Anthony Hecht
The Visit
by Jason Shinder
To Amy Lowell
by Eunice Tietjens
Tubes
by Donald Hall
Units
by Albert Goldbarth
Visits to St. Elizabeths
by Elizabeth Bishop
Waking in the Blue
by Robert Lowell
When I Consider How My Light Is Spent
by John Milton
Poems about Roses
A Red, Red Rose
by Robert Burns
Go, lovely rose!
by Edmund Waller
I know I am but summer to your heart (Sonnet XXVII)
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
O, Gather Me the Rose
by William Ernest Henley
See How the Roses Burn!
by Hafiz
The Book of the Dead Man (Your Hands)
by Marvin Bell
The White Rose
by John Boyle O'Reilly
This Living Hand [excerpt]
by Dean Young