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Awarded: FIRST PLACE

Contest:  Writing in the Sublime

Sponsored by:  Constance LaFrance

Once upon a time, many years ago,
There was a sweet and lovely -  red, red Irish rose,
That was plucked prematurely, from the garden vine;
A budding beauty, taken in her prime.

She was laid to rest, upon the death, of a lovers dream;
Upon a chest of ebony, where lie, his would-be  Queen; 
Lowered deep into the depths, of the church yard cemetery;
Her scarlet petals, wilting in the summer breeze.

Then the earth begin to fall, like autumn leaves;
Upon  her petals, and the chest of ebony,
From above her tomb, where stood the grieving groom
Weeping , weeping,  like a willow tree.

Then the sky begin  to disappear, amid that mournful cry,
As  tears - from above, fell from that lovers eyes,
And came to rest, like dew drops on that  Irish rose, 
As she disappeared beneath the earth, 
There in his grief below.                                      
     
In time, he laid a stone of ivory - upon her grave;
Etched deeply  - with the promise he had made:
To love his Irish Rose - forever and a day.

The years and all their seasons came and went,
And a million lonely tears were cried and spent,
Upon her grave where everyday he knelt and prayed,
And dreamed of her until his dying day.  

The epigram has long since faded on the ivory stone,   
That still stands alone  upon her grave,
Where from the million tears of love he gave,
A seemingly impossible - blue, blue rose has grown.

 
 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011




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Date: 10/29/2016 1:00:00 PM
Lovely sad story so beautifully written, Lainey. ...Fran
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Date: 11/1/2016 10:32:00 PM
Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments, dear Fran. Lainey
Date: 5/16/2014 10:46:00 PM
Elaine Such a beautifully written story of a bittersweet romance that faded too soon. Passionate and full of emotion. Thank you for the nice comment on my Shakespeare poem.
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Date: 4/9/2011 10:21:00 PM
Dear Lady Elaine, I think I Commented on the Original POST How I wish I could Write POETRY as YOU DO, Invigorating, Inspiring, and Insightful "Maybe Someday" I Thank-YOU for YOUR Gracious Comments I really wish I could Comment in return but Health Does not Allow, YOU are and Inspiration, I know i Started a Tribute to YOU I will find it and Finish and Post YOU are an Amazing POETESS I am fond of YOUR POETRY; LOVE ALWAYS and FOREVER, YOUR Liege...Harry
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Date: 4/7/2011 8:50:00 PM
I think your poem is beautiful and would for sure had been in the winners circle, well done and thanks for your many comments on my poetry~~
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Date: 4/6/2011 2:07:00 PM
Beautifully penned Elaine, what love...!!!and how the blue rose grows. This is a rare piece of creative writing. Loved it so much...Gautami
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Date: 4/6/2011 8:11:00 AM
coming back for seconds.. got more poems, elaine.. miss your stuff! :) huggs
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Date: 4/6/2011 6:14:00 AM
This is such a moving piece, Lainie-- really glad you re-posted this one-- I love how you wrote this, with just the perfect blend of sadness and beauty-- wonderful flow as well-- Thank you for dropping by my poem-- if I do get to write its continuation, I will let you know :) thank you... :)
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Date: 4/6/2011 1:14:00 AM
This is quite a gem Elaine, glad your posted it.. really beautiful, enjoyed this morning, love Wilma
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Date: 4/5/2011 7:14:00 PM
To my fav, Lainie, this is sheer profoundness, a 2010 renaissance classic. Harry
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Date: 4/4/2011 5:53:00 PM
Nice and moving narrative, Elaine! Thanks for posting it even when the contest was already over. Be well! Caroline.
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Date: 4/4/2011 2:53:00 PM
Just lovely [no need for the ~~~'s] You ceretainly would have placed with this beauty. Light & Love
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Date: 4/4/2011 1:40:00 PM
Great to read your inventive piece Laine, thank you for posting.
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Date: 4/4/2011 10:45:00 AM
Pity it was too late for the contest. Congrats on all your wins : ) Jack
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Date: 4/3/2011 4:52:00 AM
this happened to me, dear elaine.. wrote a poem and entered late due to system error for days.. nonetheless, this piece echoes the beauty of your feelings---forlon yet lovely! thanks for sharing... so endearing :) huggs, nette
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Date: 4/2/2011 4:23:00 PM
I enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry today and I'm looking forward to reading more. Take care of yourself. Dana'lynn
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Date: 4/2/2011 12:51:00 PM
Reads like it would have been a winner..Enjoyed the story..Thanks for stopping by...Sara
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Date: 4/1/2011 8:54:00 PM
Wow, this is a beautiful poem Laine. It is a sad story and what a wonderful story you told with your words. Awesome just awesome. love phyl
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Date: 4/1/2011 11:31:00 AM
a very beautiful piece of poetry so touching and moving. thank you for reading my the cellar door and for your comment
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Date: 4/1/2011 10:50:00 AM
Another week has come and gone and I haven't been able to read as much this week as I had wanted. I am glad I was able to read your poetry today Lainie. Keep your pen scrolling don't let the ink dry up. I hope you have a wonderful weekend of sunshine and joy and find lots of inspiration along the way. Love, Carol
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Date: 4/1/2011 7:39:00 AM
Oh, this is a good, good one, and would make a fine Greek myth. My "Wild Irish Rose." This is a fine song and a fine whiskey. I once killed an entire bottle. Those days, thank heaven, are gone forever. The blue rose is a marvelous idea. Love, daver
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Date: 4/1/2011 7:15:00 AM
A joy to read, beautifully written as the images abound in my thoughts. Nice one Elaine, top write. Have a lovely weekend....:)
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Date: 4/1/2011 3:54:00 AM
I remember that contest, Lanie, and it's too bad you missed it. This is such a moving poem. Surely, it would have been a top win for you. Love, Carolyn
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Date: 4/1/2011 12:07:00 AM
OH, i just love the blue rose. I have written of that melancholy rose! Just beautiful, Lainie Well, I need to get to bed very soon. My weekend trip to my son's wedding begins in maybe 7 hours!!
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Date: 3/31/2011 7:35:00 PM
Dear Lady Elaine, Outstanding Work of POETIC Heart I have Several POEMS on a Blue Rose " Aqua Rose "my first Published POEM had Created MY Blue ROSE I read this before the Repost as I was Going to Comment on it Superb POETRY My Dear LOVE ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Liege... HG ( Harry )
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Date: 3/31/2011 7:25:00 PM
Simply elegant words Lainie .. touching the depths of the soul my friend.. a tragic tale with the rose as the essence luv.. special write ...
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