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Withered Love

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hoot_owl_rn
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Withered Love

Delicate petals
on a stem of thorns,
tough and fragile both,
it withers in a vase beside her bed.
The colors have faded
like his kisses on her skin.
Yet, like his memory,
the fragrance lingers.
The phone beside her...
silent.
The light from the lamp
throws shadows
upon the book she holds.
The cover is tattered;
the pages worn.
Between the sheets of paper,
are pressed roses;
one for each lover she has taken;
one for each love she has lost.
Some are old ~
some new.
They lay in epitaph.
Colors of yellow, pink and red
faded to shades of brown.
Like the rose,
she is tough,
yet fragile.
As a tear glistens on her cheek,
she takes the flower from the vase;
presses it between the yellowed pages;
and closes another chapter in her life.

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Dragoness
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1 posted 08-07-99 09:12 PM       View Profile for Dragoness   Email Dragoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Dragoness's Home Page   View IP for Dragoness

Oh this was lovely! So sad,and heartfelt.

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Set you heart free and your mind will follow.
Balladeer
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2 posted 08-07-99 10:20 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Hoot, this is excellent. The combinations of ideas you used and blended together were masterful. Well written.
hoot_owl_rn
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Dragoness and Balladeer....thank you both so much for your kind words.
Ruth

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
INclan
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4 posted 08-08-99 08:55 AM       View Profile for INclan   Email INclan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for INclan

well done, Hoot. reminded me of the pictures by "her" bed at the end of TITANIC. We do carry pressed memories from past loves. Thank you for sharing your ispiration.

INclan
hoot_owl_rn
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Inclan, thank you for your kind words. We carry pressed memories of our entire lives, some in books, some in our minds and some pressed into our heart where they will remain forever.

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Sue
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6 posted 08-08-99 08:59 AM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

I love the image of the book, altogether a beautiful poem.
Nan
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This is one of your best, Ruth..... I love it!!



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Nay, if our wits run the Wild-Goose chase, I am done:
For thou hast more of the Wild-Goose in one of thy wits,
Than I am sure I have in my whole five.
~ 1592 Wm. Shakespeare ~ Romeo & Juliet ~ ii. iv. 75


hoot_owl_rn
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Thank you Sue and Nan

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
graham
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Pictures..pictures..pictures.
That does it for me....
Great work!

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I always wanted an edible canoe
but you can't have your kayak and eat it too!
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