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Pansy

Clad in many colored coats of rag,
the artist takes her wagon for a stroll.
Young children hide in horror from the hag,
unable to divine her gentle soul.

Did you dream of him, poor Pansy dear,
did you dream of him last night?
What then called forth this face of fear
as you scurry out of sight?

They dazzled once, and danced on high trapeze...
and fall! He dies, perhaps a fate more kind.
Forlorn of hope, her sanity thus flees.
Life loiters on, enduring damaged mind.

Did you dream of him, poor Pansy dear,
in his spangled suit so bright,
his arms so strong, his breath so near
as you joined him in the light?

A bag of fruit to share while on her quest
with those the rich might think a waste of time.
But charity, like mercy, is twice blessed...
the vendor's price was always just a dime.

Did you dream of him, poor Pansy dear,
did you dream of him last night?
What then called forth this lonely tear
on your pillowcase so white?

Some cans, some wood, some soda bottle caps,
the artist gleans the waste of cast-off junk,
and crafts adroit abodes from simple scraps
for men who have no other place to bunk.

Did you dream of him, poor Pansy dear,
did you dream of him last night?
When God called forth, your mind was clear
as you joined him in the light.

For art she lived, she loved, and then was gone,
but there poor Pansy's legend lingers on.

© May 7, 2015

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  1. Date: 5/8/2015 9:45:00 AM

    Simplified the words today, to be better suited to lyrics.
  1. Date: 5/7/2015 3:34:00 PM

    Revised today from a sonnet to lyrics for a song.
  1. Date: 5/5/2015 2:26:00 PM

    Roy, a captivating story told in the beauty of a sonnet most kind...
  1. Date: 5/4/2015 9:55:00 PM

    G'day Roy... well written sonnet Roy, and even though sad, an interesting tale. Thank you Roy - Lindsay

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