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winter's afterglow

stars twinkled brilliantly
against majestic snow-capped mountains,
delicate pure white flakes danced;
swirling, twirling, rhythmically.

she stood, nose pressed tightly
against the window pane; gazing in awe
at the magic the snowflakes created;
as tears spill from her emerald green eyes.

the cabin is warm, radiating a comforting glow
a fresh pine scent lightly sweetens the air;
she fights the memories, as she begins to shake.

fingers entwined, she tries desperately to hang on
be present in the moment;
"stop, stop, stop" she says, stomping her feet;
she falls to her knees; quivering. 

she holds tightly her arms and begins to rock,
feeling his presence in his favourite black sweater;
she cannot bring herself to take off.

giggling sounds permeate her thoughts
cocooned in his aura, his essence, his scent;
she feels his lips kiss the nape of her neck,
his strong hands caressing her hair.

she rocks and rocks, time ceases to stop,
as she falls deep into a rich
moulton pool; his smouldering brown eyes.

her lips part; barely into a smile at
his joy when he surprised her with the cabin; 
their oasis away from home.

she wipes away a tear, beams from within
as she recalls the snowball fight, he lost, she won.
he scooped her up, carried her with glee,
over the thresh hold of their cabin; 
their oasis; their heart's retreat.

a decadent white rug bought just for her
lay invitingly in front of the fire,
fiery orange embers crackled and glowed.
he gently laid her down; "my beauty" he said.

they drank champagne, drunk in each other,
wrapped up in his care, she felt peace.
as they lay basking in winter's afterglow,
he whispered "this is my time, i must go".

startled, she sat up, staring deep in his soul,
as snowflakes twirled and danced, 
fresh pine lightly sweetened the air;
he breathed one final breath; then he let go.

her screams were not audible, her body convulsed
as she lay on his chest; her heart; her home.
she cursed the night and winter's afterglow
sobbing "not him, not him, please take me too".

she fights to bring herself back
to the here and the now,
as embers slowly dim, she wobbily stands
clutching tenderly his urn, she must set him free.

the stars twinkled brilliantly
against majestic snow-capped mountains
she opens the window, where dreams breathed of life;

with tears cascading
she releases her love; her life;

to become one 
with the magic of;
winter's afterglow.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2006

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Date: 1/8/2019 12:15:00 AM
So beautifully written. Filled with feeling. I relate to your pain.
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Date: 9/17/2017 9:15:00 AM
Hi Lynn, I've read this poem many times and it always leaves a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. The pain and loss expressed here leave me weak, then I read your poem "our colour of yellow," one of my other favorites of yours and I smile. These are the emotional yin and yang of you to me. Same cabin? I always read them in reverse order so I'm left with a smile. I hope you are smiling.
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Date: 4/19/2017 3:52:00 PM
This poem has pulled at every string of my heart, Lynn. What an awesome rendition of emotions; a great buildup followed by a fitting climax which implored for release. This undoubtedly has to go to my faves! #7 ~ Regards // paul
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Date: 4/18/2017 5:10:00 PM
Love and death, both bring out the deepest motions. Death of a beloved , is the most epic pain and heartache one can feel. This insightful and truly remarkable piece sends the readers through that journey - both the joyous good and the anguish of the darkest bad . A10 an fav my friend.. tis a true gem.
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Date: 2/23/2017 8:22:00 PM
This is a beautiful moving piece Lynn. The cruelest part of life is facing death. 7 ; )
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Date: 2/20/2017 9:02:00 PM
Oh my gosh, now here is a brilliant and beautiful poem that I never saw of yours. This is REALLY good work, Lynn Marie. FAVING it.
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Date: 2/20/2017 8:35:00 PM
I don't know why I did not leave a comment on this gorgeous poem Lynn. Perhaps it's because my metaphorical tears blinded my emotions to the extent that I was left unable to write one. The construction of the poem is wonderfully laid out with repeated words and lines and some of the lines are simply beautiful, "she opens the window, where dreams breathed of life." The imagery is exceptional.
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Date: 8/26/2016 1:07:00 AM
I always forget to rate! Most definitely a 7.
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Date: 8/26/2016 2:33:00 AM
...thank you so very much :-) :-) lynn
Date: 8/26/2016 1:05:00 AM
I love this Lynn. It flows beautifully and your vivid imagery took me right there to that cabin. Have a wonderful day. Fiona
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Date: 8/26/2016 2:28:00 AM
...thank you fiona for your kind words and time in visiting.. your poem 'dear victor' deeply moved are a wonderful writer :-) lynn
Date: 8/25/2016 10:22:00 PM
Another breathtaking piece from you Lynn. And the emotions captured in this poem tug at the heart strings. Beautiful! 7 ; )
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Lynn Marie
Date: 8/26/2016 2:23:00 AM
thank you so much Connie..I appreciate your kindness, time and always lovely visits..happy friday to you :-) :-) lynn
Date: 8/21/2016 12:13:00 PM
Hi Lynn, what emotions do flow from this excellent write. This is love at its best. the romantic heart can find romace in all things. This is a journey i would not have missed. As i always say, "I Love to look back into people's work for you may find some hissen jewels." I didn't have to go back too far to find this one Lynn. Your words do take one in to the heart of your write. You allow people to feel the emotions, the beating heart of your work. This is a seven and a fave. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Lynn Marie
Date: 8/21/2016 4:54:00 PM
..thank you so much mike..I am reworking this as I do love the feel...I appreciate you, your beautiful poetry and always lovely visits :-) lynn
Date: 6/7/2012 7:57:00 AM
When I click on one of your poems I know it will be amazing Lynn Marie. Thank you for sharing your words with us. I hope all is well with you and yours. I will stop back again soon. Love, Carol
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