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The Rose

I know that I am dying, I am fading fast,
     my life is almost over, by tomorrow I will be dead;
and I find myself on a grave stone draped in quietus,
        come the next dawn- I will be withered gone.

A girl brought me to this vast place of deep tears,
     her sad weeping wet my soft red velvet petals;
she had plucked me from my shade in her little garden,
          oh, I was so happy there growing by the fence.

I heard her say the word baby in her sadness,
     then she placed me gently on this cold tomb to die;
will I bring the baby peace- will the baby know me,
          soon we are alone, baby and me- hello I whisper.

My name is Rose, soon I will join you in the other world,
     that night I watched the moon and stars above;
for the last time I knew the dawn and then I gasped,
           all was still -  I was in the hand of a child.

The child pressed me to his lips and kissed me beautiful,
     my petals were no longer brittle cold but lovely;
and here we lay under the blue azure sky and cool earth,
         a rose and a baby boy, joined in death by eternal love.

For years we listen to birds singing and wind sighing,
     the rain gently falling and snowflakes drifting in winter;
birds in circled flight above and distant whispers of love,
          and the tears of a sad girl falling on our tomb . . .
                and then, she came to be with us .

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August 23, 2016

Poetry/Personification/The Rose
Copyright Protected, ID 16-1153-385-0
All Rights Reserved.  Written under Pseudonym.


Submitted to the contest, Your Choice (10)Personification
sponsor, Brian Strand (Code 123)

First Place


Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 6/21/2019 6:51:00 AM
Gorgeously done, Constance. "and here we lay under the blue azure sky and cool earth, a rose and a baby boy, joined in death by eternal love" Gorgeous!
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Dear Heart
Date: 6/21/2019 2:47:00 PM
Caren, thanks for visiting and for that lovely comment, I love doing personifications, giving life to something like a rose ~
Date: 6/20/2019 3:39:00 AM
This is simply sadness made so visible.. Its almost like the rose is speaking.. So much symbolism too. A beautiful life is destined to death.. Overwhelming poetry.. Congratulate you for the creation
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Date: 6/20/2019 7:51:00 AM
Debjani, thank you for the compliments and congratulations, honored.
Date: 6/18/2019 9:22:00 PM
It is a pleasure to return and extend my congratulations to you, Dear Heart, for your wonderful win with your beautifully sad and personal poem. I am so sorry for your loss, Constance.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Dear Heart
Date: 6/20/2019 7:50:00 AM
Susan, thank you so much for returning with congratulations, sadly I had many comments and congrats but they were lost in the shutdowns we experienced in the last few days and cannot be retrieved, so your comment is so appreciated.
Date: 6/15/2019 9:08:00 PM
I have tears in my eyes.. this is so beautiful in its tender and intimate poignancy, Dear Heart. I feel the emotional depths of your being in this exquisite poem. A fav. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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Dear Heart
Date: 6/16/2019 3:55:00 PM
Susan, so beautifully sad, it tears at my heart too because the baby part is true and the rose but did the rose speak, and I am still here but still visiting with tears. Thanks for the compliment and the FAV, appreciate ~
Date: 6/15/2019 10:43:00 AM
My emotions were all over the place reading this one.
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Dear Heart
Date: 6/16/2019 3:54:00 PM
Sunlite, thanks for visiting, yes, I know it is a sad one ~