William Blake– The Sick Rose

A lot of poets have come across this blog, so I’m going to put up a favorite, and encourage people to check out all of the Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. 

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.

As  you may have guessed, it’s one of the Songs of Experience. The simplicity makes it profound. What does this have to do with therapy? Art saves lives. Blake was also a visual artist.

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About jamesmatter

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in private practice in San Francisco. I work with adults, adolescents, and couples, with focus on substance use and abuse and co-occurring disorders (having both a mental illness and an addiction).
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