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When the Flowers of Youth Fell

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When the Flowers of Youth Fell

When the Flowers of Youth Fell

Winter stayed late that year
courting Spring with a fury.
Beautiful gifts of snow
and dazzling ice, he gave her.
It was during such courtship
I found myself lost -- adrift
in a place that once was ....
decades from this century.

Where mud and blood held hands
beneath duty and honour
and kindred flowers fell
to sounds of bugle and drum.

Smoke arose through Spring's tears.
Images of Blue and Grey
pilfered my breath as cannons 
rained thunder upon the brave.

How was this happening?
This was not where I belonged!
My time was not this place
and I wanted to go home.
Where Winter courted Spring
and snowmen fell -- not flowers --
upon the muddy ground
as snow reigned upon the brave.

The smell of gun powder
danced about my head and nose
like spirits for the faint --
arousing life ... far from home. 
"Get down! Get down! Get down!"
The half-crazed voice plunged me 
into the mud and blood
and I lay frozen in fear
beneath his weight ... and the cold. 
So cold, no hearts were beating, 
no breaths were being drawn, 
just the smell of sweat and blood.
The smell of rain and death.

Clutched tightly in his pale fist 
a tattered blood-stained note
bore the words, "Please ... for
mama ...."      
I tried but could not scream. 
And, I felt daylight passing ....

As shadows took the brave,
Winter's folly tamed sweet Spring
with final coats of snow ....
and snowmen fell -- not flowers. 

Deborah Burch

Copyright © Deborah Burch

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  1. Date: 7/5/2013 6:16:00 PM
    And the rain wets both blue and gray - who live to fight another day - If thunder o'er the cannon roar - can it mean the war is o'er..... This is a great post and you are to be congratulated.... Jake

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 7:55:00 AM
    Beautiful, mesmerizing. A well deserved win

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 9:48:00 PM
    Deborah, Congratulations with your awesome winning free verse poem... xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 4:04:00 PM
    Elements used in your poem made it extraordinary. Filled with visual descriptions that let me enter your dramatic penned words and held me there. Deborah a BIG congratulation on your well deserved 1st place win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 4:17:00 AM
    I was sucked in and mesmerized after the first line...Stunning and eloquently written...How you do dat? - Toby

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    Date: 5/30/2013 4:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    'Where mud and blood held hands'...Mercy me
  1. Date: 5/29/2013 7:10:00 PM
    This is wonderful...well deserved win!!!! Congratulations, Deborah!

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 9:22:00 PM
    awesome write...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 8:49:00 PM
    HEY! This is well deserving of its top honours. THIS IS FANTASTIC. Congrats, hon, this is one that merits publication, somewhere! Its voice is so strong, its repetition BANG on and the cuts exactly were they should be... art! So glad I read this! Hugs, Cyndi

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 8:00:00 PM
    How appropriate this fine poem should win on your memorial day weekend. Congratulations, Deborah.-Red

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 6:28:00 PM
    BIG Congrad's on your win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 6:24:00 PM
    Deborah congratulation on your well deserve win. This is an exceptional and heartfelt poem. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 6:11:00 PM
    Beautiful Poem! Deborah Congrats on the win thanks for submitting to my contest. Please do so again. Kim

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 11:25:00 PM
    Love , love , love this write, reminds me of North and South/ Patrice Swayze. fav's ;}

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 6:40:00 PM
    ahh you put it it is published..Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 10:54:00 PM
    awesome write... enjoyed so very much...thank you dearest Deborah for sharing your charming poem <3 Sk

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 5:49:00 PM
    This is but one more reason I am reluctant to try writing free verse. You set the standard alarmingly high. I thoroughly am in awe of talent like yours.... Fantastic!! to my favs Please don't laugh at my meager offerings..... Jake

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 1:48:00 PM
    This is crazy good.....I will have to fave it

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 2:46:00 PM
    powerful write, my friend. Congrats on your wins : )

  1. Date: 4/9/2013 8:08:00 PM
    thank you for drawing me in with the first gripping image of a long winter stay... however, glad the flowers, will enjoy the spring... as I will...xox~ Linda

  1. Date: 4/8/2013 9:44:00 PM
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