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the red rose is a symbol of love. they're everywhere - valentine's day, a gift to show your lover, even though your 'love' shouldn't have to be proved; in movies, some shitty film where the white guy kisses the white girl, and they become prom king and queen, and then their relationship falls down and breaks into pieces, because that's what monarchs deserve; and, in mythology, the true reason they are what they are.
did you know that aphrodite - the goddess of love, and many things more - once had a lover? and, did you know that zeus - the god of lightning, and everything worse - had created him in a perfect image, to trick the god who yearned for love, to force them apart, to establish some kind of sick revenge.
as he lay there, bleeding out on the forest floor, she cries and her hand slices, on a piece of wood, on a sharp rock, on her lover's knife, as every tale is different, and the blood dribbles down from her wound and drips on a white flower, the rose specifically. all roses used to be white. all of them.
but now, they're blotted red with the ink of blood, and will remain that way. they symbolise romantic love, of course, but everyone forgets about the sacrifice and courage that comes behind it too.
- Part 1 of the story of the rose