A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE
– but it gets better -

Don’t ever give up on life.
Life can be so beautiful, especially after you’ve spent a lot of time with it.
Because then, life becomes like a lover you have been close to for so many years.
You know it/him/her so well, and yet every day it/he/she gives you a surprise.

As the fox said in “The Little Prince”, ‘You’ll understand that yours is the only rose in the world. Because, it’s the time you spent on your rose, that makes your rose so special.”

My first reaction was, “what if the thing or the person I spent time on, my rose, simply was not with me anymore? Does it mean that I wasted my life?”

Then, suddenly, I became aware that my rose, the one that stayed with me the longest, the one I gave water to for the last 71 years, was me!

So be patient with your rose ’cause it just gets better and better.
Remember, it is your rose, and nobody else’s!

I love you!

yoko

Yoko Ono

for Valentine’s Day 14th February 2011

Originally published: August, 2004.
Photograph: “Portrait of my flower girl – Yoko” by John Lennon.

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23 Responses to A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE – but it gets better – Happy Valentine’s Day! love, Yoko

  1. Rafael says:

    Hi, Yoko. Thank you so much for these beautiful words.

    peace and love,

    Rafael, from Brazil.

  2. yellowrose says:

    …mais,le Petit Pince c’est pas lui qui est maquiavel?
    Thanks a lot, about the Valentine’s Day message.

  3. William C says:

    Beautiful. Thank you Yoko. I also love “Portrait of my flower girl – Yoko”, which I’ve not seen before.

    “A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose – but it gets better – ” What would Gertrude and Alice say? They’d probably say “Thanks for the Valentine, Yoko!”

  4. Sebastian says:

    Tremendous lady from the ice of the sun,
    Beautiful witch from the silence of mind,
    Shaking the earth with the pass of your smile

    Joining the dots with the strength of your hips,
    Facing the nonsense of fellas and chics,
    Singing a song is said to be cheap

    Joining in dance with the man from the sky
    Laughing in silence with flowers of trust
    Waking slowly through the edge of the land

    Happy Valentine’s to you dear sister Yoko!!!!
    My best regards for you and your family from Buenos Aires….
    Love ya’!!!!!

    Sebastian

    • Sebastian says:

      Sorry, the last verse is: Walking slowly, not waking!

      Tremendous lady from the ice of the sun,
      Beautiful witch from the silence of mind,
      Shaking the earth with the pass of your smile

      Joining the dots with the strength of your hips,
      Facing the nonsense of fellas and chics,
      Singing a song is said to be cheap

      Joining in dance with the man from the sky
      Laughing in silence with flowers of trust
      Walking slowly through the edge of the land

      Happy Valentine’s to you dear sister Yoko!!!!
      My best regards for you and your family from Buenos Aires….
      Love ya’!!!!!

      Sebastian

  5. Jill says:

    I have always loved this photo of you. Happy Valentine’s Day Yoko

    i ii iii

    Jill

  6. Rodina Sarah says:

    I wish I had something profound to say. Something to open the hearts and minds. Something to turn on the lights. Just a little something to make it alright. But, without words, I sit, only to remember how it feels to take care of a rose that’s been forgotten. A rose that is dying from the lack of fresh air, water and just pure love. Not giving up on life, but life sure has a way of taking your pedals with the wind. It is our job to never let the wind affect us… and to stand tall and sway with the winds of life.

    Remembering the past can be so tough. Hoping for a better tomorrow. Recreating what was once lost into standing for who we all are today.

    That is LoVE.

  7. Kaori.S says:

    I don’t give up on my life because it is my rose! Thank you for teaching me so many important things in life. I am very, very thankful.

    Thank you, Yoko san!!

    Love,Kaori

  8. love you yoko thanks always for you loving words. happy valentine’s day.

  9. BIA says:

    Oh Yoko!

    How beautiful! You will be everlasting rose of John Lennon! Besides John and Yoko always been the eternal love. I wish today were more romantic, so rare among couples, but John has always cultivated the love and romance like no one in this world, not only through words but with actions. Many flowers for you! Happy Valentine’s Day. I love you very much.

    Kisses

    BIA

    PORTO ALEGRE – RS – BRASIL

  10. Shiloh says:

    I shall try to remember this each day.

  11. Hi Yoko,
    I loved the hope and positive promise in Rose is a Rose. Words can hurt, but used wisely, give hope.

  12. Nancy says:

    Beautiful words and photo! Wishing you PEACE Yoko. Happy Valentine’s Day :)

  13. Kathryn says:

    Happy Valentine’s day, Yoko!
    Wishing you love and peace from North Carolina.

  14. Lenny.B.ryan. says:

    true that.rose is beautiful.and its beauty gives me the hope for the existance of GOD.Like star does.peace.

  15. Albireo says:

    Thanks, Yoko.
    :)

  16. Fabiana says:

    That is really sweet Yoko! Happy Valentine’s day too! Much Love and Light always!

  17. Sonia Vinluan says:

    I am a rose filled with so many THORNS!!!

  18. paul says:

    Very Best Wishes , yoko – sean From Liverpool And Best of Luck for All Projects in 2011 — Come BAck to Liverpool Soon !

  19. cubby says:

    Beautiful.

  20. Marilyn Roberson says:

    Dear Yoko:

    As I sat here on this Valentines Day, 41, never been married, and currently not dating, I was feeling sad, lonely and hopeless. Depression is a constant battle in my life. Then I saw your post on Twitter and came here to your site and read your “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose”. I cried, not my usual tears of sadness, but with the feeling that I am truly loved, even if I don’t have a special someone. I am working on loving myself, and promising to never give up on life, no matter how hard that is sometimes. I may never find a special guy, a soul mate, a partner, but I can never let that make me give up on myself.

    Thank you Yoko! Beautiful picture that John took, BTW. I feel he must send his love to you every single day, in little ordinary ways – always watching out for you.

    Peace, Love and Thank you for your generous heart –

    Marilyn Roberson
    Burke, VA

  21. Juliana says:

    Yoko!!!!!!!!! This is beautiful! You’ve written such beautiful and true words that really moved me. Thank you VERY much for this. I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!!

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