I stumbled across this answer on The Workplace, where the OP has done freelancing work but had their remuneration withheld. The answer opened with
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Some quick Google-ing turned up the Wikipedia article suggesting "Roses are red" comes from classic poetry. This left me even more confused about the quotation in the answer. I had two hypotheses without making sense out of either:
- Both "roses are red" and "violets are blue" are straightforward facts, implying whatever follows would also be "straightforward", in a manner similar to "because (...), (you should) pay me".
- It's just some (random) poetry trying to make the "Pay me" word less absurd or blunt.