rose garden
Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower, and you it's only seed...

...When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long,
and you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong,
just remember in the winter far beneath the winter snows
lies the seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose.

'The Rose' Words and Lyrics by Amanda McBroom, performed by Bette Midler

I heard this song one day when I noticed how well some of the verses fit with Utena, especially the last verse. I think that this song could be seen, as a 'summary' of Utena's journey and culmination of becoming a prince.

Ever wanted to know just what you're saying when you give someone a particular rose? After some searching, I found these
(thanks to for this info ^_^)

The meaning of roses
Red - Love, respect and courage
Pink - Perfect Happiness, Grace and Joy, Please Believe Me
Dark Pink - Thankfulness
Yellow - Joy, Friendship, 'try to care'
White - Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You're Heavenly
Peach - Modesty
Orange - Fascination, enthusiasm, desire
Lavender - Enchantment
Red and White together - Unity

Utena's color is a perfect match as far as her personality. One might say she was the only one 'worthy' of having Anthy. As far as the others, it seems that their personality is the opposite of their color. Whether this was planned or not, I wont speculate. But it is interesting... Touga (red) is manipulative and a playboy, Nanami (yellow) is scheming and views many people as mere insects, and Juri (orange) is a 'fallen angel' who has lost faith. Too bad for Saionji and Miki that neither green nor blue roses occur naturally: it would be interesting to see what their meanings would have been.

'some people complain that the roses have thorns. I am thankful because the thorns have roses'

I don't remember who said this, so if you know, please tell me ^^;;; But I really like the quote. Its a new twist on the glass-is-half-full view.