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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
aka: Roses Are Red
Some variations are pulled off better than others.
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet;
And so are you.

This is the stereotypical poem. Its origins are unknown, but may, according to Wikipedia, be traced to these lines from Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene:

It was upon a Sommers shynie day,
When Titan faire his beames did display,
In a fresh fountaine, farre from all mens vew,
She bath'd her brest, the boyling heat t'allay;
She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew,
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.

"Blew" is an old spelling of "blue". Both roses and violets exist in varieties of many colours. Viola sororia and Viola odorata are the bluest violets; red roses are hybrid teas of the genus Rosa.

It has often been parodied.

Variants:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Everything is permitted,
And nothing true.

Violets are red,
Roses are blue,
Horticulture is fun!
Botany, too.

Violets are blue
Roses are red
You're going to die
Off With Your Head

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Omae wa mou
shindeiru

Roses are red
Violets are blue
He/she's for me
Not for you
If by chance
You take my place
I'll take my fist
And smash your face

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I've got a knife
Get in the van.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
What line comes next?
I haven't a clue.

Roses are red
My feet are green
It's Valentine's Day
So let's get obscene.

Roses are red,
Violets are violet,
Blah blah blah,
Let's shag.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
The Cake Is a Lie,
And now so are you.

Roses are green,
Violets are yellow.
This doesn't rhyme,
And I'm color-blind.

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Some poems rhyme.
This one doesn't.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Me no own
So you no sue.

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
This show's about panties.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue
Here, have a troll face.
NO PUNCHLINE FOR YOU!

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I have V.D.
Now you have it too.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you
But the roses are wilting
The violets are dead
The sugar bowl's empty
And so is your head.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Trope Mocks You
Game loses you

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sexual hormones
Are why I love you

Roses are red
Daffodils are yellow
I'd rather have rabies
Than be your fellow

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Assuming Control
This Hurts You.

Roses are red
Carbon is black
I am impressed
With your giant rack.

Roses are red
Corpses are blue
When this poem rhymes,
You'll be one as well.

Roses are green
Unicorns are fridge
This poem makes no sense
Toaster.

Roses are red
My name is Dave
This poem makes no sense
Microwave

Roses are red
Violets are blue
ORE NO KONO TE GA
MAKKA NI MOERU!

Roses are red, and violets are blue
Nothing I've seen is sweeter than you
Let's plant a seed of love that can bloom
Withstanding all, all the time shining true
Violets are blue, roses are red
And one day all that we know will be dead
So let's plant the seed and let love be true
Till the day roses wither and I'll be without you

Roses are red, and violets are blue
Daffodils are yellow, all of this is true
Let's just be happy, no one wants to be blue
'Cause roses are red and violets are blue

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Wagana wa Hakumen.
OSHITEMAIRU!

Plumbers are red,
Hedgehogs are blue.
Press "Start" to join
And be my player 2

Roses are red
Violets are Blue
4, 8, 15, 16,
23, 42

Roses are red
Don't let them find ya
If you're from the future,
Try moving to China

Roses are red
Violets are Blue
Chicken shit stinks
And so do you

Roses are red
Dead ones are black
Why is your chest
As flat as your back?

Violets are blue
Roses are red
I hate you
I wish you were dead.

Roses are (sometimes) red,
Violets are (sometimes) blue,
I've got Aspergers,
Have you got it too?

Roses are Red
Violets are blue
In Soviet Russia,
Poem writes YOU!

Roses are Red
Violets are blue
This line doesn't rhyme
And neither does this one

Roses are gay
Violets are gayer
Fuck this poem
Let's listen to Slayer


Roses are red
Violets are blue
All my base
Are belong to you.
——-
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Wait... then my flowerbed is purple...
YAAAAAAYY!!!
——
Roses are red
Roses are yellow
Grandpa's teeth
Are lost in the Jell-o!
——
Violets are red
And roses are blue
If you use Photoshop
To mess with the hue.
——
Roses are red
Bacon is red
Poems are hard
...Bacon

Roses are red
Roses are red
Hitman is cool
But is bad at poems.
——-
Roses are red
That much is true
Violets are violet
Not fucking blue
——-
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Kiss my ass
And fuck you, too!

Variants in media:

Comic Books
Roses are red
Lemons do pucker
Prisoners escape
When the guard is a sucker!
The Adventures of Captain Jack

Fan Fiction
Roses are red
Violets are violet.
Just thought I'd mention that,
Since SpongeBob isn't violent.note 
Calvin & Hobbes: The Series

Roses are red
Stems are green
You're the prettiest half-demon
I've ever seen
Roses are red

Film
Roses are red,
violets are blue ...
I'm about to fuck up.
So what else is new?
Colin, Greenfingers

Cirrhosis are red,
So violets are blue,
So sugar is sweet,
So so are you.
Horse Feathers

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I wanna poke your fucking eyes out with my dick, you fuck
Charles Randall, Righteous Kill

Roses are red,
violets are blue
Fuck you, whore
Tom, (500) Days of Summer

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
They'll need dental records
To identify you.
Valentine

Roses are red,
violets are blue,
I'm schizophrenic,
and so am I.
What About Bob?

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
One is dead,
And so are you!
My Bloody Valentine

Literature
Roses are red
And ready for plucking;
You are sixteen
And ready for high school.
Breakfast of Champions

Raseuse arręte, valet de Tsar bat loups
Joues gare et suite, un sot voyou.
Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Ramesnote 

Roses are red,
Corpses are blue,
On Valentine's day
You'll die too!
R. L. Stine, "Broken Hearts"

Roses are red, violets are blue,
Angels in heaven know I love you

Magazines
Roses are red
The hoisery's nude
This dress is heinous
Your stylist should be sued
Bullseye, Entertainment Weekly, Issue #1197

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Bricks are heavy,
And L7 is too.
And:

Violets are blue
And roses are red.
Go get L7
For a shot of street cred.
Bricks Are Heavy Review, Entertainment Weekly, Issue #123

Roses are red
Violets are blue
We make our bread
On clods like you!
MAD, "A Valentine to all our readers", #133

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'm a man for all seasons
So what else is new?
MAD, the first of a Running Gag from the "Quiz Show" movie parody.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
That's nothing a son
of mine should do
MAD, also from the Quiz Show parody, when Charles's father finds out about him getting the answers.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Just call the network
and tell them you're through
MAD, yet another one from the Quiz Show parody, when Charles is wondering what to do next.

Roses are red
Pumpkins are orange
I wish I had
A great big borange
MAD, a final one from the Quiz Show parody, when Charles gives a Freudian Excuse about being unable to impress his father through poetry. In the next panel, his father starts on another, but is told to shut up.

Music
Roses are red, yes, and violets are blue.
I looked for both, but they never grew.
Roses are red, yes, and that stands for lust —
The other's for innocence; for that, I'm not fussed.
Zoe's Adventures Under Ground, "River Rise Over"

Roses are red,
Violets are purple,
Sugar is sweet,
And so's maple surple.
Roger Miller, "Dang Me"

Roses are red, violets are blue
And time is beginning to crawl
I just might have to come see you
Where teardrops fall
Bob Dylan (no, really), "Where Teardrops Fall"

Roses are red, my love.
Violets are blue.
Sugar is sweet, my love.
But not as sweet as you.
Then I went far away and you found someone new.
I read your letter dear, and I wrote back to you:
"Roses are red, my love.
Violets are blue.
Sugar is sweet, my love.
Good luck, may God bless you."
Bobby Vinton, "Roses Are Red (My Love)"

Roses are red
And violets are blue
Honey is sweet
But not as sweet as you
Aqua, "Roses Are Red" (Different song, same title.)

Violets are blue
Roses are red
Daisies are yellow
The flowers are dead.
Lil Wayne, "I Feel Like Dying"

The rose is red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar's sweet;
Sweetie, so are you!
George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin & Gus Kahn, "So Are You"

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Until I met Psalty
I was blue, too.
— Psaltina, Kids Praise 3: Funtastic Family!

Roses are red
Violets are blue
If I'm schizophrenic
Then I am too
Voltaire, "The Chosen"

Newspaper Comics
Roses are red,
A deep crimson hue,
When you got in trouble,
You sure were too! Ha! Ha! note 
And:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Tu-lips are what we'll be kissing,
Woo-woo!
Calvin and Hobbes

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I know where you live
And your family too.
Sherman's Lagoon

Blue is the violet,
Red is the rose;
You're still a big jerk,
And your poetry blows!
Zits

Roses are red
Violets are blue
If something smells bad
it's gotta be you.

Roses are red
Emeralds are green
You must weigh more
Than a washing machine.

Roses are red,
tomatoes are too
If I had one now
I'd throw it at you.

Roses are red
Like a big fiery comet
Your face would make even
Quasimodo vomit.

Roses are red
Daffodils gold
You might look better
If you scraped off that mold.

Roses are red
Looming huge to the ant;
I wish you would drown
In a waste treatment plant
FoxTrot note 

Roses are red
And violets are blue
Take care of that sciata
Down by your (wazoo) note 
Frazz

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
At least, that's what they tell me,
Because I am blind.
The Far Side

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Cardboard is stiff
And so are you
Dilbert note 

Television
Roses are red
Violets are bluish
If it weren't for Christmas
We'd all be Jewish

Benny Hill

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
I'm gonna break your face
The Champ, Police Squad!!

Violets are blue
Roses are red
My sons were right
Go soak your head
Carey Martin, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Fudge is sweet
Here's some fudge.
Bob Pinciotti, That '70s Show

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Have sex in the Corps
And I'll break your neck
Deacon Jones, G Vs E

Roses are red
Violets are fickle
When I'm done with you
All you'll have left is this nickel
Maris Crane, Frasier

Big Balls are red
Mud is brown
I really like it
when people fall down
- John Henson, Wipeout2008

Roses are red,
poppies are red,
the grass is all red,
SHIT THE GARDEN'S ON FIRE!
— Holly Walsh on Mock the Week

Dear Hallmark,
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Your cards are shit,
And your channel is too.
— Chris Addison on Mock the Week

Theatre
Oscar Hammerstein's gone
Larry Hart's laying low
The rose is red
The violet's blue
The sugar's sweet
And so are you
That's as deep as we go
Forbidden Broadway's parody of Miss Saigon, "You Are Hallmark, I Postcard"

Video Games
Roses are gray
Violets are gray
I'm dead and color-blind.
Forsaken male /silly emote, World of Warcraft

Roses are red,
violets are blue,
I'll kill any [race] I see,
including you!
Defias Messenger, World of Warcraft

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'm gonna kill you
Doodley-doo
Gargarensis, Age of Mythology

Violets are blue
Roses are red
We're coming aboard
Prepare to eat lead
— A book of pirate poems, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge

Roses are red
Zombies are blue
But my face is whitenote 
So you know I'm true
Eriko, Revelations Persona

Roses are red
Violets are blue
You suck
— Graffiti written below an over-the-top poem in Left 4 Dead

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'm stuck on the eastern front
AND SO ARE FUCKING YOU
Wehrmacht Grenadier, Company of Heroes

Webcomics
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
You're really hot,
Let's fuck.
Sven Bianchi, Questionable Content #1189

Roses be red,
Violence be bloody,
Littleton kid went
Killing with his buddy.
Una-bomber! Oklahoma!
Fire down ho!
Sharks in da gene pool,
North of Kosovo!
Everyone's packing,
So I'll pack my nickel bag,
Gonna get my peace on and offer yas a drag.
Monique, Sinfest [1]

Roses are red,
Violets are violet.
Here's the Zorgon spies,
Yo momma's a harlot.
Lodoze (parody of Lobo), Sluggy Freelance (22 June 2001)

Roses are red
I give them to mom
She makes me cookies
Nommy nom noms
Cinna the Poet, Hark! A Vagrant ([2])

You need a poem? Fine!
Roses are red
Green is the grass
I'm sorry I hurt you
I'm a horse's ass.
If you need a haiku, just remember "peace-shattering moron" is six syllables.
Fred Macintire (advising Lisa), Something Positive

Roses are red
Daisies are yellow
(she's briefly interrupted)
I am in love with
A nerdy young fellow.
Fuchsia, Sinfest 2009-05-18: Love Poetry

Violets are red
and roses are blue

when metamaterials
alter their hue.
"Metamaterials", xkcd note 

Web Original
Roses are red
Violets are blue
One day we'll cruise
Down Blood Gulch Avenue
— First verse of the Red vs. Blue theme

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'll fuck you with a rake
bash.org, #166956

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Badger badger badger
Badger badger mushroom
bash.org, #218315

roses are red
violets are blue
my quote got rejected
so i say "fuck you"
bash.org, #358042

Roses are red,
Violets; they're blue,
Jimmy Stewart is awesome;
Doo dee doo dee doo.
Jimmy Stewart (supposedly), How It Should Have Ended: It's a Wonderful Life

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Your house is covered
In piles of excrement
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, reviewing Saint's Row 2

Roses are #FF0000
Violets are #0000FF
All my base
ZeroWing Are belong to you
ThinkGeek

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I must eat yoghurt
Off of you.
Dance of the Manwhore

Roses are scarlet,
Violets are purple,
My love for you is...
is...
Goddammit.
I-Mockery.com

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I am Painis Cupcake,
I will eat you.
YouTube comments

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Omae wa mou,
Shindeiru.
YouTube comments

Violets are blue,
Roses are red,
You don't even know
You're already dead.note 
YouTube comments

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I can't be dead
HIDEBU!note 
YouTube comments

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
People are idiots,
The end.
WTFIWWY Ep. 28

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I have a gun
And I don't think you do.
Tribe Twelve, "November 11th"

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Gibe moni plos
Or I report yu
Know Your Meme

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Check out this new car!
I'm staring at you.
—One of the "love letters" Fiat delivered to "Isabel" in hopes of choosing her as a lucky winner, Cracked

Gamzee has Faygo,
Sollux has honey,
Stop writing poems,
They're not fucking funny!
Homestucks on YouTube

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Poems are hard-
So am I.
—Said by Rob Dyke in one of Mr Repzion's videos

Roses are red,
But usually pink.
Violets aren't blue,
At least I don't think.
They're more sort of purple,
It's so hard to tell.
It's a bit complicated,
But love is as well.
Mitch Benn on Twitter

Western Animation
"Roses are red, violets are blue."
That's what they say, but it just isn't true.
Roses are red, and apples are too,
But violets are violet. Violets aren't blue.
An orange is orange, but Greenland's not green
And a pinky's not pink. So what does it mean?
To call something blue when it's not, we defile it.
But ah, what the heck: it's hard to rhyme "violet".
Dot Warner, Animaniacs

Roses are red, violets are blue,
If I had your face, I'd be in a zoo.
Roy Rooster, Garfield and Friends

Roses are blue
Violets are red
I have to go to the bathroom
*gets hit by dodgeballs*
Patrick Star, Sponge Bob Square Pants

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
[belches] THIS BELCH IS FOR YOUUUU!!!
Heffer Wolfe, Rocko's Modern Life

The movies are gray
The TV is black
The horses are running
Please bring me some food
Heinz Doofenshmirtz, Phineas and Ferb

Roses R Red
Roses R Blue
It's time for Poet's Corner!
Yahoo!
Intro to the poetry segment of Cartoon Planet

Roses are red,
Violets are blue
If skunks had a college,
They'd call it P.U.
Looney Tunes, "Hollywood Canine Canteen"(1946)

Roses are red,
Violets are pink,
Flowers smell good,
But you sure sCENSORED!
— Telegram delivered by Bugs Bunny, "Buckaroo Bugs" (Bugs then finished the line by shouting it in the recipient's face. The final word is of course, STINK!)

Roses are red,
Violets are blue
Your feathers are black
And mine are, too.
— A bear, to Daffy Duck, wearing some of the duck's black feathers, in "Suppressed Duck"

Roses are red,
Posies are green,
Sorry about Denmark,
I was too mean.
Hans, The Penguins of Madagascar

Dear Toots,
Roses are red,
Violets are blue
Mice are nice
But, OH YOU KID
Tom, in a love letter to Toots in the Tom and Jerry cartoon "The Zoot Cat"

Roses are red,
But Morton is blue.
Boo hoo hoo hoo
(face into typewriter)
Mr. Morton, Schoolhouse Rock

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Turtles are geeks,
And so are you
The Populars, KaBlam!

Robotnik is rotten,
Alfalfa is sneezy;
The minute I met her,
I loved my Breezie.
Sonic the Hedgehog, in his love letter/poem parody to Breezie, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

Roses are red,
Violets are blue...
Once thesenote  fry, I'm guessing
This lame poem is... [destroys the keyboard, but finds that the poem spell is still working] through?!
[cue Big "NO!"]
Danny Phantom

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
You're not made of junk,
But I still love you!
— Buckwheat's TV Head Robot in The Little Rascals episode "Science Fair and Foul", after Darla asked it to recite a romantic poem

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Let me fish.
Donald Duck, House of Mouse


Statler: Roses are red.
Waldorf: And violets are blue.
Statler: This page wasn't funny.
Waldorf: But what else is new!


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