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Invitation

The announcement of their special day came today But I just looked at it briefly and turned away Hearing of their wedding day brought sadness, dismay An invitation for me? I didn’t know what to say Stinging sadness in my heart I could not convey I gazed out at the landscape and let my mind stray Just months ago he gave me a colorful bouquet Frail roses of red I proudly put on display But he quickly plucked two and put them in my hair Pledging his undying love with romantic flare The pure ecstasy I felt was beyond compare Each day since, I cut two more from the garden to wear Then suddenly he went away; I knew not where Tapestry on my dress now holds tear stains of despair How cruel this message seemed, how terribly unfair Knowing the life I had longed for, we will never share Other scrolls remain unopened, I’ve no desire to read As with restless hands, strings of a lyre I knead The blossom of our love has transformed to a weed To open my heart again, I feel no need The pain that lingers won’t allow me to proceed Leaning against the column, I’m forced to concede This is one scroll I’ll remember and reread Though for the answers I seek, I vow not to plead
*Written July 31, 2014 and inspired by Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s painting “Poetry.”

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Date: 8/18/2014 5:54:00 PM
Oh how sad Carolyn! How could he do this to you? I bet you will never want to see red roses again! Well done on a captivating, romantic write. Congrats on your worthy win. // Hugs // paul
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Date: 8/17/2014 2:40:00 AM
Hi Carolyn, many congratulations on this lovely write xx
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Date: 8/16/2014 4:22:00 PM
You made the same mistake I did.. not writing something On the scroll. Otherwise Im sure this would have been at the top. congrats LNC. BG
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Date: 8/16/2014 2:58:00 PM
Congratulations, Carolyn; I really liked your take on this theme. Enjoyed your poem very much.
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Date: 8/16/2014 2:27:00 PM
Congrats on the win Carolyn. Did the invitation have the dreaded "and friend" disclaimer.
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Date: 8/16/2014 1:40:00 PM
And back again wid huge congrats on ur fine win! Loved this awesome write much much !
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Date: 8/16/2014 1:19:00 PM
Absolutely Stunning Carolyn a sad romantic write that brought a tear to my eyes. many congratulations on your win:-) Hugs jan xxx
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Date: 8/6/2014 10:41:00 AM
this is a wonderful poem, Carolyn
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Date: 8/4/2014 8:25:00 PM
Carolyn, I believe you capture the soul of the painting, very beautiful.
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Date: 8/1/2014 8:03:00 PM
This one is truly terrific my friend. I see gem written all over it.... Adding it to my fav for inspiration and to honor its author...
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Date: 8/1/2014 5:52:00 PM
wow! What a nice surprise to realize my eyes are way behind on reading shares of my first Soup Friend and supporter. "Tapestry"," holds tear stains" ANVIL poetry!!! WOW THIS IS GOOD>7plus
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Date: 8/1/2014 4:39:00 PM
Was this for the scroll contest because I cannot image anything being better than this beauty! Great great work Carolyn!!!
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Date: 8/1/2014 1:01:00 PM
Vivid heartache on a vital heart Carolyn. " The blossom of your love has turned to weed..." The answers you need not entreat, they live in your feelings. Reminds me of a Tuscan tragedy Carolyn. Beautiful dignity. J.A.B.
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Date: 8/1/2014 3:10:00 AM
"Frail roses of red I proudly put on display" ... Dear Carolyn,your poem rhymes like heaven!Thanks for sharing it!Best wishes,Moein
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Date: 8/1/2014 2:18:00 AM
That's a superb one Carolyn ! Sad emotions ,, every word conveys so well my dear ,, touched my heart ! Stay blessed !
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Date: 7/31/2014 11:23:00 PM
I like reading this one, Carolyn. If it's for the scroll contest, I remember he asked us in the blog to make this be the poem that the person is reading ON the scroll, not a story about the person who is reading it or his reaction to it. By itself it is a wonderful poem.
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Date: 7/31/2014 4:27:00 PM
So sad T__T but beautifully written : )
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