“Old Lovers”


rose on beach

“Old Lovers”

Oh, lovely is the rose you sent- so kind…

I reach for her with cold and withered hands.

She is my sister in this world. I find

her gentle, fading beauty reprimands

this sullen rose who’s mostly lost her fire.

She shrinks, withdraws, as falls the fading light.

She’s given up her rouge and red attire

so modesty would keep her out of sight.

But what would one expect at eighty-two:

the heart, well-hidden and nonsensical.

And why  would she another love pursue

forthwith or faintly be desirable?

Oh, lovely is the rose you sent. I’ve kept

her sweetness here and graciously accept.

2 Comments on ““Old Lovers””

  1. speak766
    May 26, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    Great poem! Beautifully written. I love the phrase “fading beauty reprimands this sullen rose.” Nicely done!

    Like

  2. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    May 31, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    Thank you so much for responding to my poem!

    Like

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