Roses are red…

Coffee thoughts on Valentine’s Day…

Roses are red, violets are blue,
sugar is sweet, and so are you…

and then my analytical mind kicked in.

Violet is a color. Purple. Why aren’t violets violet? So I went to the internet. Violets are violet. And blue. And orange, and yellow, and lilac, and a whole host of other colors. So why couldn’t it be:

Roses are red, violets are orange…

It really bugs me for some reason that a flower is named after a color, and then that flower isn’t always that color. It seems to be mostly purple, but the rhyme calls out blue. Then I see that violets are more properly called violas. Ok, that makes more sense…

Roses are red, violas are blue…

Except violas come mostly in purple, which might be why they’re called violets.

Roses are red, violas are blue and purple and orange…

Except roses aren’t just red. I mean, there’s pink, and white, and gold.

Roses are gold, and pink and sometimes red, and violets are purple, and orange, and sometimes blue,
sugar is sweet,

and so are you… sometimes.

Sugar seems to be the only straightforward thing in this world.

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