38 New Versions of Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Everything sounds prettier in French.

In honor of Sir Edmund Spenser – the Forefather of Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

In 1590, Sir Edmund Spenser (pictured below) penned the epic Faerie Queen – the inspiration for what we know today as “Roses are red, Violets are blue…”

While Spenser would probably choke on a fig (I just assume that all Sirs in the 1590’s are in a perpetual state of fig-eating) after hearing the reductive, Hallmarkian ode we know and love (by which I mean feel complete apathy for) today; I feel he would at least be able to celebrate the longevity of his poetic contributions – as well as the iterative love poems spawned by it’s creation.


<— Try and tell me this guy didn’t enjoy a good fig.


In an attempt to further (re: tarnish) Sir Edmund’s assumed-fig-over-consuming legacy, the luvdaily team set out on a mission to give “roses are red, violets are blue” another refresh – several, in fact.

We reached out to poets, comedians, authors, marketers, and friends for multiple perspectives – ranging from the political to the downright obscure.

Read. Enjoy. Show some Love.

Read through these 38 roses are red, violets are blue love poems while enjoying a fig. Also, make sure to follow our contributors on their respective platforms, and leave them some love in the comments or on their social media channels!

And we highly encourage you to share this little article with all your loved ones and greatest enemies – in the name of Sir Edmund!

We have broken these poems into subsections for quick parsing (love is all about efficiency these days):


38 Versions of Roses are red, Violets are Blue – just for you.


Poetically Correct

1. A Political Love Poem

Roses are red

Democrats are blue

Trump’s in the White House

And everything’s untrue

– Lenore Hirsch, author @ Laughing Oak Publications

2. Love is not a Policy Poem

Republicans are red,
Democrats are blue.
It’s unromantic when politics
Influence who loves who.
Dr. Carole Lieberman, M.D.

3. Love who you Love Poem

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Gender’s a spectrum –

I like girls too.

Brittany Brave, NYC-based comedian, actress, and writer @britbrave

Real Talk

4. Commit to this Love Poem

Roses are red,

Violets are blue

Be more than a friend –

so I can call you my boo!

– Vivian Young, Sr. Content Manager @ Comparakeet

5. Stop Swiping Right Love Poem

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

I’m off Tinder now…

and you better be too!

– Vivian Young, Sr. Content Manager @ Comparakeet

6. Love is (color) Blind Poem

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I was born colorblind,
So I defer to you.
Brittany Brave, NYC-based comedian, actress, and writer @britbrave

7. Stating the Obvious Love Poem

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Those colors make purple,

Which I feel like you knew.

Brittany Brave, NYC-based comedian, actress, and writer @britbrave

8. Take a Long Look at Yourself Love Poem

Roses are flowers,

Blue is a color,

Love is a construct,

Get a grip, maybe.

Brittany Brave, NYC-based comedian, actress, and writer @britbrave

9. The Caveat Love Poem

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
I like everything about you –
except for your poo.
(P.U., but it’s not just you!)
– Christine Sloan Stoddard, founder @ Quail Bell Magazine

10. Intervention Love Poem

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Sugar intake is one of the leading causes of type two diabetes

And this seemed like a good segue to inform you

– luvdaily crew

11. Comparing Love to Death Love Poem

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
All flowers die though –
which is why giving them as a gift is silly.
– Boyd Norwood, Nozzle Corp.

12. Genetically Modified Love Poem

Roses are red

Violets are blue

They are also often genetically modified…

Which we may deem regrettable, as a species, in the distant future

Oh, and…I mean…so are you

– luvdaily crew

13. Opportunity Cost Love Poem

Roses are red,

Sometimes they’re pink

But flowers are expensive

I’d rather buy drinks.

– Colette Killworth, Account Coordinator/Event Manager @ DRIVEN360

14. I got you, babe Love Poem

Roses are red,

Our credit is not.

I don’t need flowers –

paying bills makes you hot.

You are my husband and I am your wife;

we got each other’s back in this working class life.

– Tangela Walker-Craft, founder @ Simply Necessary Inc.

15. Seriously: A Love Poem

Roses are dead
Violets are too
Stop buying me flowers –
Clearly, I cannot keep them alive.
– luvdaily crew

16. Just Get on with it Love Poem

Roses have thorns

Violets do not

Sugar is sweet…

Which seems completely unrelated to the previous thought.

– luvdaily crew

17. Speak Your Truth Love Poem

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Sugar is sweet

And I am not very articulate when it comes to expressing my emotions – frequently deferring to poetry as a defense mechanism.

– luvdaily crew

Breaking Up

18. A harsh truth Love Poem

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I lied when I said,

“It’s me, it’s not you.”

Brittany Brave, NYC-based comedian, actress, and writer @britbrave

19. Veiled Threats Love Poem

Roses are red,

But they don’t set the mood,

Ignore me for weeks

And I’ll send you a nude.

Brittany Brave, NYC-based comedian, actress, and writer @britbrave

20. On A Jet Plane Love Poem

Roses bring joy.

Violets sorrow.

Love me today,

cause I’m leaving tomorrow.

– Adam Cole, jazz musician and author


21. Do Not Go Gentile into this Goodnight Love Poem

Roses are red,
Violets are bluish,
I’d love to date you,
But you’re not Jewish.
– Allen Klein, author and motivational speaker @ Bottom Line

22. I don’t know how to say this Love Poem

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

Sugar is sweet –

and I think we should see other people.

– luvdaily crew

The Sweet

23. The Wishful Thinking Love Poem

Roses are red,

But also is wine,

And just like merlot,

Men improve with time.

Brittany Brave, NYC-based comedian, actress, and writer @britbrave

24. You are a Love Poem

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue.

Embrace your life Today,

And Be Authentically You!

– Leigh Ann Newman, Owner/Blogger @ Nans Daily Dose of Life

25. Forever Love Poem

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

I’ll always be loyal

My heart beats for you

Through every season

All life sends our way

I’ll love you each night

and all of our days.

– Dawn Baker, Adoption Counselor @dawnmbaker


26. Love like a Steak Dinner Poem

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I forgot to buy flowers…
But I brought steak for two!
– Erin Parisien, Owner and General BA @ Aroostook Beef

27. You’re a Goldmine Love Poem

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

If you were a booger

I’d pick you!

– Meghan Maloy Engberg, Super Mom

28. Everything’s Illuminated Love Poem

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

But all of the colors

look brighter with you.

– Ariel Sabaj, poet and musician

And now for Something Completely Different…

29. What You Said Before You were asked to Leave – The Love Poem

Roses are red

Violets are blue

That felt pretty good…

Was it good for you, too?

– Robert Barrows, founder @ R.M. Barrows, Inc.


30. Adjusting to Reality Love Poem

Roses are blue,
Violets are red,
The color control
on my TV is dead.
– Adam Cole, jazz musician and author

31. Loev Peom

Rosses are red,

Violets are blou.

This poem is falty –

try and guess hou.

– Adam Cole, jazz musician and author

32. Yoda’s Speech Impediment

Red roses are,

Green are Violets.

Yoda’s dyslexic…

which is sad.

Tim Toterhi, founder @ Plotline Leadership

33. A Love Poem by Groot

I am groot.

I am groot.

I am groot.

I am groot.

Tim Toterhi, founder @ Plotline Leadership

34. The Teenage Love Poem

Roses are like…red,

Huh…, Oh yeah, those other things are green, I think.

(checks Google)

I’m mean blue, but that’s like totally racist against smurfs.

(constructs protest sign. Thinks about poem’s origins.)

Cool….

(gets distracted by cat video.)

Tim Toterhi, founder @ Plotline Leadership

35. That’s so 90’s Love Poem

Mario is red,

Sonic is blue.

Sorry…

I’m stuck back in ’92

– Jordan Baker, co-host of the Worth it or Worthless Podcast

36. I want to Believe Love Poem

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

I want to believe…

and watch X-Files with you.

Ariel Sabaj, poet and musician


37. A Cyborg’s Love Poem

Roses are flowers.
Violets are flowers.
Sugar is a disaccharide composed of fructose and glucose…
And comparing you to that upsets my central processing unit
– luvdaily crew

38. Your Perception of the World Love Poem

Roses can be blue,

And violets can be, too…

I don’t know why I’m telling you any of this…

“And how does that make you feel?”

Asked my therapist.

– luvdaily crew

How do you think Sir Edmund would feel about this?

We hope you enjoyed these lovely (and unconventional) takes of “roses are red, violets are blue.” Also, a HUGE thank you to all of our contributors. To those reading this: please, please, please let these lovely humans know that you appreciated their words with a follow on social media – or leave a note in the comments section below.

Additionally, we encourage you to submit your own version of “roses are red, violets are blue” in the comments.

And lastly, we must give thanks to the inspiration for all of this -Sir Edmund “Fig-licious” Spenser. May (a highly derivative version of) your legacy continue – for many decades to come.

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