Rose Petal Dice
Show your geekly love with dice made from rose petals. Unlike regular flowers, these will last life time. We guarentee it.
Violets blue and roses red,
Critical miss and nearly dead.
Sweet as honey, red as wine,
A bloodied, bashed up Valentine.
One more roll and wet your sword,
Better dead than loose the Dragon’s hoard.
This eloquent call to arms was penned by none other than Malrik Trist Bard of Raven’s Keep during an ill fated attempt to raid the Great Wrym Athyreim’s layer… there were no survivors.
Rose Are Red
The rose is red, the violet’s blue,
The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou are my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou’d be you
Those lines may be quite possibly the oldest form of the cliche poem as we’d recognise it today. They date to a collection of English nursery rymes written in 1784 by Joseph Ritson.
An Ancient Motif
The rose has existed in the greater western consciousness for the better part of recorded history as a symbol for romantic interest – and affection. The poem, referenced above, is nearly as old as the notion itself. But the traditional “Roses Are Red” portrayal Sir Edmund Spencer is the latest iteration in a cavalcade of love poems whose history stretches back to The Faerie Queen by Sir Edmund Spencer in the late 16th century. But back then it looked a lot more like this:
It was upon a Sommers shynie day, When Titan faire his beames did display, In a fresh fountaine, farre from all mens vew, She bath’d her brest, the boyling heat t’allay; She bath’d with roses red, and violets blew, And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.
Ever Evolving, Ever Changing
Sir Spencer would hardly recogonsie his original work in the poem as we know it today. Across the past five hundred years of telephone this single piece has passed between cultures, languages and loves – derived from and altered to suit the needs of the people at the time who sought to express themselves.
A rose by any other name is just as sweet. And names it has, in spades. The origin of the term lies in a dead tongue. The Parthian language, also known as Arsacid Pahlavi or Pahlawānīg, was the state language of the Arsacid Parthian Empire which ruled much of ancient Iran between the years of 247 BC to 244 AD. Back then the name the rose went by was wär and we can’t help but chuckle at the phonetic irony.
Rose Are Red
Humanity has loved and tended roses since before we invented the language we use to describe them now. The rose is as enduring a symbol as love hopes to be – vibrant, dynamic, and morphing across years and definitions to suit the lovers who might evoke it. Now you can declare your love for your favorite geek with a set of Red Rose Petal Dice.
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