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Ode for John

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Ode for John

How could you leave your loving bride?
Cut down in youth, still in your prime
Your rare blood disease appeared suddenly
Just four years of bliss till you were taken from me

When first I saw your face, those blue eyes stunned
So many adored you, but your kind heart I won
Just by showing you love and sharing our joy
Even my mama worshiped my special, sweet boy

Death seems to take the finest too soon
Their faces smile in stars embracing the moon
One day we shall be reunited, my love
Until then, I search for comfort in night sky above

Comfort comes quickly when his spirit visits
I see his eyes twinkling, how could I miss it
Whenever I pull a fresh fish from the sea
A worthy fisherman, John would be pleased

When I'm feeling down I need only resurrect
Precious memories of John I cherish and protect


*John was my beloved husband.  Elegy in honor of Dr. Ram's contest.

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  1. Date: 5/9/2011 12:36:00 PM
    Such a beautiful write, my friend. I'm sure you will be with John and Daniel again some day, walking arm in arm with them both : )

  1. Date: 8/22/2010 10:34:00 PM
    I had 21 years but he was still only 41 and much too youg to leave me. Congratulations on your win with your sad words. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/15/2010 10:38:00 AM
    My congratulations to you Carolyn on your win in Dr. Ram Mehta's contest "Elegy". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/15/2010 8:00:00 AM
    Congrtulations Carolyn on your most worthy poem's success in Dr Ram's contest. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 8/15/2010 7:31:00 AM
    Oh my, Carolyn...You described Johns' personality, kindness and natural charm perfectly..you must have been a stunning couple to see... and yes 'only the good die young' it seems...I may try to write an elegy for Vicki someday if I can do her justice - Tim

  1. Date: 8/15/2010 6:11:00 AM
    Congratulations, Carolyn for your magnificent win in Dr. Ram's contest, " Elegy." Your sadness and pain for your beloved husband John, echoes through your moving and devoted lines. What comforts someone still grieving is the resurrection of precious memories to cherish and protect. Yes, your poem is a proof of your love and devotion to such a wonderful person! I hope you enjoyed your vacation. Thanks for your kind comments. Have a blessed day and smile. Love and hugs, Andrew.

  1. Date: 8/14/2010 5:16:00 PM
    Congrats, Carolyn. Well deserved. Great tribute.

  1. Date: 8/14/2010 7:28:00 AM
    So much sadness you have seen, dear Carolyn....but yet beauty in the spirit of your love. This is a wonderful tribute, elegy...well expressed is your love. ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 8/14/2010 6:41:00 AM
    Sorry, not Constance but carolyn. Constance follows you.

  1. Date: 8/14/2010 6:39:00 AM
    Congrats for the second placement in my contest, Constance.

  1. Date: 8/13/2010 5:04:00 PM
    Dear sweet Caroline,this poem broke my heart. .So sad the absence of those we love,yet so beautiful the memory.tmfvs!Celene

  1. Date: 8/13/2010 10:31:00 AM
    very painful my friend hope you find joy again may the good lord strengthening you more than ever

  1. Date: 8/13/2010 4:11:00 AM
    I'm so touch with this poem Carolyn and I love the tone...^_^ v

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 6:40:00 PM
    Oh, CArolyn, this is so sad. How nice you could produce this wonderful tribute to him. I think this one will do outstandingly well in the contest. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 12:56:00 PM
    So very moving, Carolyn! Bless your heart. You will be reunited one day. I need some tissues. Thanks for sharing this. God bless, my friend, Caroline.

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 11:25:00 AM
    Sad piece Carolyn, and beautifully written. Good luck in Dr.Ram's contest >> James

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 8:47:00 AM
    HI CAROLYN ! YOU CAN HEAR ALAN DALE ON YOU TUBE ! I HEARD HIM THERE TOO ! YOU MAY KINDLY TELL OTHERS ABOUT THE SAME ! THANKS ! -Raj

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 5:41:00 AM
    CAROLYN , A WELL WRITTEN ELEGY , BUT THE DEATH OF JOHN DID MAKE ME FEEL SAD ! =Raj

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 3:04:00 AM
    Great elegy Carolyn ! Very touching ! My prayers are that your heart rest in faith that you will one day touch what you so love ! *smiles* love ya james

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 2:04:00 AM
    so Sad, Carolyn, yet you give so much to us all here on soup, in your poems and comments, John will be very proud of you. Harry

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