In the comments on Falling into Spring, Tom W. challenged/provoked/asked Jim T. to craft a poem about his dagnabbed roses.
Jim did, posting it as a Comment. Thanks, Jim.
Grow, grow, thou winter rose,Thou art not so moroseAs winter’s bitter snows;Thy thorns are not so vicious,As freezing rain is viscous,and never meretricious.
To see more from Jim, check out his poetry page on his blog. I don’t have a photo of a winter rose, but here’s a summer one.