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Paddy's Rose

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Paddy's Rose

A white rose 
In bloom on Paddy’s grave
White the colour of his fur
And white was once the colour for true love

I planted the bush the day he died
And now it’s part of him

The day we lost him
Is still too painful to think about
St Patrick’s Day

I remember, instead
The year before Pads died
We expected to lose him then
But stronger medication gave him more time
Gave us more time

Eastertime
The garden full of happy daffodils 
Like the whole world was smiling with us 

Now I stand at his grave
Kiss the last rose
And whisper, ‘I love you.’

4th November for Constance’s Elegy contest


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  1. Date: 12/25/2013 11:43:00 PM
    Merry Christmas Jack, I did not want to leave you out of my Happy Jolly Momment.. Sending you a Christmas Carol.... -- Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O'er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bob tails ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh HEY! :) <-- You got to love it I do hope you sang with me... Goodnight my friend... LINDA

  1. Date: 12/7/2013 1:27:00 AM
    Congrats on the win, Jack

  1. Date: 12/5/2013 7:14:00 PM
    Jack, you show so well how heartbreaking it is to lose and old friend, congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 7:35:00 PM
    Congrats on the win, Jack

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 5:54:00 PM
    I just love your sad poem, Jack. BIG congrats on your well deserved win.

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 2:38:00 PM
    jack, so nice to see you in the winners' list.. beautiful!.. congrats with huggs

  1. Date: 11/10/2013 3:15:00 PM
    Losing a pet can be a real loss. Good luck with your elegy. I read your Ghost story yesterday. Couldn't stop until it ended. Enjoyed it very much. Quite impressed with your writing talent. Thanks for making it available. I was gone from home Wednesday through Friday so it was the first chance I had to read my ebook. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/8/2013 6:28:00 PM
    "lovely tribute to your pet lined with such compassion... you drew me in, jack..: )huggs"

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 6:00:00 PM
    Well his life was certainly rich enough to your recouting here Jack, all the best; Joe..)

  1. Date: 11/6/2013 3:41:00 PM
    this is one that will have Constance in tears. Great elegy for her contest, Jack.

  1. Date: 11/6/2013 6:26:00 AM
    Sad and very moving, Jack... good luck in the contest - for me certainly, the winner... Terry

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 11:24:00 AM
    A very tender write on this poem. Any loss is always hard. This poem made me sad. Hugs phyl

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 8:06:00 AM
    to lose a loved pet is like losing a family member I feel for you Jack. You have done Pads very proud with this tender write Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 10:33:00 PM
    I can sense the sadness all throughout this write that you have for losing your pet! I really enjoyed reading this tremendous poem this evening! You surely have posted a significant piece, one full of caring emotion and love! What a fabulous poem, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 8:19:00 PM
    such a beautiful yet poignant poem...losing a pet is never easy but this was a lovely tribute to him...hugs :)

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 4:48:00 PM
    Ahh!!! Sad one but some beauty there with the white rose...Enjoyed reading this one today...Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 4:10:00 PM
    Beautiful write you have penned here Jack. I hope it is a winner for you...peter

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 3:49:00 PM
    this kind of love should'nt be for contest.