Winter Roses

This is an old one, pulled from my files… E.M.

“Grief is for the strong, who use it as fuel for burning.” 

Lauren Groff, author Fates & Furies

Winter roses, left at her door—

Someone remembered she missed

Him more than ever before…

White petals edged with dusk, dew

Frosted, lying against the snow.

Someone remembered her heart

Was yet aching, still breaking

Though long years had passed

Like tides which continue

Rhythmic washing away of shore.

Someone remembered that no one, now

Would bring her pale roses anymore

White winter flowers, to mark the day—

Someone remembered that he was

All she’d had of love, a tattered dream.

Someone remembered that he was

Pale roses—mere shadow clung to

As she walked the floors of silent dark

In solemn vigil…what did she pray?

What was she waiting, hoping for

Through those hours, nights of her life?

Someone remembered her—clouded

Child of autumn beauty she’d been—

How she breathed the peppery perfumed

Roses…smiled when he said, “come away.”

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.


12 thoughts on “Winter Roses

    • Ohhh, thank you so much, dear heart. I’m glad you liked both the “old” poem and the quote. Isn’t it fascinating how quotes from people we don’t know can tug our heart strings…”strangers” must be more like us than we often imagine ❤

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        • Oh, you expressed that so well! I’m enjoying posting a quote almost daily–I have a “recipe” box full of ones I’ve collected since high school…and I have 2 copies of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations to draw from also 🙂

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              • It is nice to have things around you that can help inspire you 😉 I hope to get to your site tonight. Last evening I ended up working on a another sculpture and pulled my first all nighter in awhile working on it.


                    • Oh my, I can so relate! It’s impossible to stop when we’re “into it”–no matter that head/neck/shoulders may ache for need of rest 🙂 I’m usually up till dawn, then sleep during the day…if there’s something I need to do early in the day, it’s easier for me to just do the all-nighter than to wake up early. I hope you’re pleased with your work, and that you could get some good sleep 🙂

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                    • Yeah, as much as part of me wanted to stop, I could not, and my back was sore from all of the hunching over. But my back feels great now, I have had some coffee and it is a new day. I also slept 8 hrs, which rarely happens. When I write, I usually do so at night too.


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