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A Song of Michael's Rose

The cottage reeks with
fluid tides of hope,
incessantly commanding.
My baby’s here.
I’ve still no word 
coming down the line from Dover.
Winter’s gone...
Spring rains have come
and with it comes the tears all over.  
I weep again, my child it seems,
will never know her father. 

Today down by the spring
I prayed the prayer so often said,
sorrow turned desperation.
I found a ring left in the cup, since
yesterday laying there, scribed “M” 
upon a jeweled stone.
My heart leaped in
expectation.

I heard his voice inside my head,
where also his face I saw. 
I turned and looked... 
no one was there...
please God give me 
this one discretion.
There must be peace somewhere to find.  
I look but must be led
by your grace and mercy.  

Again at chores, the babe 
asleep, the knock came loudly.
A letter from Michael O’brian maam, 
please sign here for delivery.
I hurriedly skimmed, 
he was dead,
two days before,
of pneumonia.  

Our little Rose, still in my care,
to receive his name 
if she so chose
and all else he owned in Dover.
A ring for me
it seems was gone, 
a large garnet with the letter M
on the stone, had disappeared
completely.  

EPILOGUE:
	A seed was planted in winter,
	planted in sweetness of youth. 
	It was a gift from Michael.
	He left me alone in the spring---yet,
	his flower grew in my garden.
	Our error was human.
	First feeling trapped, then love,
	from this Rose in my life.
	Forgiveness is divine.
	Love is eternal.
                              

11 Jan 2011  Charles Henderson

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011




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Date: 8/27/2012 5:52:00 PM
wow, Charles, I see now why Debs chose to do HER copy cat poem on THIS One. You and she both have two stunning poems with this story originating from your creative mind!!
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Date: 8/5/2011 4:24:00 PM
Warm congratulations on your fantastic poems making it through to the First Rounds of PS's Intl. Contest, Charles! Well done! Love, Annalise
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Date: 8/5/2011 11:31:00 AM
Congrats Charles on having all three entries make it to first round competition in PS contest.. G.L. luv..
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Date: 8/4/2011 8:25:00 PM
Majestic, touching HUMAN So happy to see you in the winners! with 2! Congrad's to my fav's and a 7. LIght & Love
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Date: 8/3/2011 7:12:00 PM
Congrats on your two poems making the first cut Charles and good luck!
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Date: 8/2/2011 4:02:00 AM
Superb writing Charles. Congratulations on making it through the first round and best wishes on making it to the Finals. Lainie
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Date: 7/12/2011 8:18:00 PM
Very touching narrative, Charles. Elaine
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Date: 7/12/2011 10:49:00 AM
Congrats on having your priceless poem featured this week. Keep your poetry pen dancing to the drumbeat of your poetry passion. Wishing many more features. Love to you always, Adeleke
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Date: 7/12/2011 10:35:00 AM
Congratulations Charles on being featured this week with this fabulous write. I enjoyed the read~ Caryl
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Date: 7/11/2011 8:13:00 PM
Congrats Charles on your narrative being featured. Vince
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Date: 7/10/2011 6:29:00 PM
Congrats Charles on your featured poem this week on PS.. wonderful words luv..
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Date: 7/10/2011 12:26:00 PM
Congratulations on your poem being featured this week Charles. Love, Carol
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Date: 1/12/2011 9:54:00 AM
Soup Mail, Charles. I think I understand now.
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Date: 1/12/2011 9:14:00 AM
Oh yes, I like the details you added to the story behind Michael's death, Charles. I was curious as to how the stone on his ring disappeared -- perhaps a spiritual sign from Michael himself. This is a beautiful poem, Charles. Love, Carolyn
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Date: 1/11/2011 4:06:00 PM
Ps. Forgot to rate. 7 is not enough.
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Date: 1/11/2011 4:05:00 PM
I weep. 10 plus. Bravo!
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