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Death In September

The flower face of the sun bloomed on you;
the corona of light

easing the passage, caressing you.
Catwalking on the bright side of life;

the false jollity, aching to laugh.
Embraces, your body in a bowl of arms,

brave waves, the last goodbye.
My own desperate clutching, as if

I were a tree sucking at the sky.
The delicate frosting on my birthday cake -

a sugary irony.
How quickly the coronal of anniversary flowers

became a wreath.
Choking on the three hundred miles

to your resting place,
the car eating the road.

Tension-riddled, the family squabbles
snapped at the air.

Alone in the pristine, starched hotel room,
propped between pillow and sheet,

stiff as rigor mortis,
my eyes ploughing a newspaper,

thoughts turned introvert and febrile.
A white envelope holding the small silver gift

of your necklace, an oyster cradling its pearl.
Your gold ring playing its warmth

on my finger, thin and white,
the September sun shining in it.

A passion flower clinging to its wire hoop,
sweating out the fragrance of late summer.

Defiant and slightly shocking in my bright patchwork skirt;
a vibrant rainbow flying in the black leer of the cortege.

Your husband
easing the great weight of his grief with Valium.

The voice of the vicar carrying,
stentorian, across the echoing expanse of church.

In your diaphanous dress you were a bride
displaying your bouquet -

the mourning arum's white head bowed.
Fine linen shrouding the table, pink curls of salmon,

water glasses floating their tiny icebergs.
Plumbing the depths of your wardrobe,

the outfits hanging limp as fish.
The room gasping in late sunlight,

heady with your Florentyna perfume and oxygen cylinders,
the light lying glassy and quiet.

Your loving memorabilia yielding to damp autumn earth.
My eyes opening to your immortality.  An immortal truth.

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  1. Date: 4/17/2013 7:53:00 AM
    This was a random pick, Charlotte, today as it happens after attending the cremation of a relative who was not old enough to die, ....stunningly beautiful poem !! hugs!! Jag

  1. Date: 6/2/2011 5:33:00 AM
    Congrats on your well deserved win in Poet Destroyer's contest Charlotte. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/2/2011 12:37:00 AM
    Hi Charlotte-- Congratulating you again for this wonderful piece!

  1. Date: 6/2/2011 12:33:00 AM
    grats on your awesome contest entry Luv*Skat

  1. Date: 6/1/2011 10:37:00 PM
    This will be my 3rd congratulations on your superb poem, Charlotte....Congrats~! Haha!

  1. Date: 6/1/2011 5:57:00 PM
    C. Pudifoot!~ CONGRATULATIONS!! with your poem in my old entry contest:-) Thank you very much for supporting my awesome contest. I had so much fun reading each and every entry. I'm glad you where among all my chosen winners. Keep posting your good poems,..p.d.

  1. Date: 6/1/2011 1:50:00 PM
    Congratulations on the win in the contest of p.d., Charlotte

  1. Date: 6/1/2011 1:13:00 PM
    congrats Charlotte on another grand win in this contest .. an awesome entry ..luv..

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 12:59:00 PM
    Congratulations on your success in my contest.

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 11:34:00 AM
    Congrats on a well deserved win, Charlotte. Nice going. xxxRalph

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 10:41:00 AM
    A big congratulations on your win Charlotte. I also believe it is one of your best poems. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 9:53:00 AM
    Your way with words sure is amazing, Charlotte- you paint such a vivid scene here yet one can also derive some deeper meanings into it-- Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 8:11:00 AM
    Charlotte, you sure have a way with metaphors and writing some very raw lines. Congratulations on your win in Joyce's contest!~Chris

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 6:47:00 AM
    Congrats Charlotte on your awesome win in Joyce's contest with this poignant and unique write .. enjoy your top ten sweet success and victory with luv for an excellent entry ...

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 5:07:00 AM
    wow! best cheers for stunning win, charlotte! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 2/27/2011 11:39:00 PM
    Nice to see this lovely one of yours again. And Congratulations on this win! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 2/24/2011 9:41:00 AM
    Congratulations Charlotte on your well deserved win for your poem in Debbie Guzzi's contest "Anything Goes". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 2:49:00 PM
    wow first place. and the guys you topped is the who's who of the soup. big congrads to you. John H Loving III

  1. Date: 2/16/2011 10:55:00 AM
    Wow! I do not have words to say how much I liked this poem. I usually do not lack for words; I hope this will be received as my highest praise. Congratulations! Best wishes. Deb

  1. Date: 2/15/2011 11:10:00 AM
    Sad but beautifullly written with tremendous emotion, Charlotte. Congratulations on your big win! Love, Carolyn