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Because He Gave A Single Rose

Her tired old eyes lit up bright.
A thankful tear, she could not hide.
A sweet aroma fills her nose;
because he gave a single rose.

Confined to this dreary nursing home;
having outlived family, she's alone.
Today, with a smile, her face glows;
because he gave a single rose.

He brings them often to his mother.
Today, one extra for another.
Talking, on and on she goes;
because he gave a single rose.

She asked an aid to bring a vase.
By her bed the gift was placed.
Happy and peaceful then she dozed;
because he gave a single rose.

Her final breath tonight was sweet.
Family missed, again to meet.
Her last day joyful, all heaven now knows;
because he gave a single rose.

July 17, 2014
Contest: Random acts is kindness
Sponsor: Debbie Guzzi



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  1. Date: 7/22/2014 1:19:00 PM

    This is such a simple, poignant, absolutely beautiful poem....a write, so very well done-
  1. Date: 7/20/2014 4:16:00 PM

    A lovely use of a form I didn't know, I knew. But as usual with your work, it moves beyond form to touch the heart. all the best for the contest.
  1. Date: 7/18/2014 1:46:00 AM

    The simple act of letting someone know that you care, can make a big difference.... This is such a tender and beautiful write, Arlene. Very nicely done! Good luck in Debbie's contest!.... Your poem reminded me of one that I wrote titled, "Where The White Rose Blooms".
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 11:29:00 PM

    Oh what a beautiful write and what a simple single red rose can mean to others... Good luck in contest.. Eve
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 11:04:00 PM

    Touching work! Good luck in the contest! Peace & Love Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 7:13:00 PM

    Arlene, what a beautiful poem, I have a 96 year old mother in a nursing home and I will give her a single rose when her time is up because her name is Rose, thank you so much for the read, take care...........Vera...........
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 6:45:00 PM

    Arlene; what a wonderful poem that you have written here. It strikes very close to home for me because of all of the time I spent in such facilities with family. I was saddened as to how lonely so many of the residence were.
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 6:28:00 PM

    A very Masterful piece, Arlene. Bittersweet, such as life.
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 5:43:00 PM

    Oh, so very nice Arlene. I really liked this one, and I hope it is a winner for you, Truly deserves to win....peter
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 4:44:00 PM

    Heartbreaking yet so beautifully done Arlene...The Kyrielle is one of my favorite forms and yours is a perfect example why...I think you have a winner here - Tim
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 4:11:00 PM

    This one is going in my Faves, Arlene. It's very close to the perfect poem. A beautiful vision with each verse. God, I love this one. Very, very nice, my friend..... Robert.
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 3:50:00 PM

    Sheer class I've just read, and I sentiment Tim's comment. I think many a poet would have been proud to have written this. Way to go Arlene, James.....
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 3:05:00 PM

    So wonderful and romantic...I wish I would have penned this beauty...straight to my favs Arlene. A little kindness goes a long way. Thanks for sharing this moving piece......hugs Tim
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 2:03:00 PM

    rips at the heart my friend, yet welcomes the reader in..good luck with the contest
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 1:49:00 PM

    ANOTHER EXCEPTION POEM BECAUSE IT STIRS MEMORIES sentences of good length your a smooth operator ! Blast you.
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 1:33:00 PM

    simply stunning! Good luck with the contest I think Debbie will LOVE this! Hugs jan xxx
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 1:29:00 PM

    Great rhyme and vivid sentiment! Makes me miss my grandmother. Thank you!