Sunday, April 16, 2017

Address Unknown, Please Forward

My dearest friend, 

I do not know wherein you sleep
there is no marker for the spot
 nor stone that bears an epitaph...

Still I have flowers to be shared
and time to spend in warm repast–
pink roses for appreciation
a thank you for your gentle heart,
for the grace you held in passing;
then red for courage and for passion,
the beauty shining from within—
I know you’d laugh at me for saying
 —so humble even to the end.
There’s yellow ones for friendship shared
and promises of new beginnings…
I bring eleven stems to you,
the meaning hidden in the number
for you were loved more than you knew.

I do not know wherein you rest
so we converse through time and thought
please know your legacy lives on
as more than ashes in some box.


© Ginny Brannan 2017

**Eleven roses assure the recipient they are truly and deeply loved ...

Day 16, NaPoWriMo: Compose a letter to someone. Your poem can be in the form of a letter to a person, place, or thing, or in the form of a back-and-forth correspondence.  (Sorry, I cheated a bit and pulled this from my Works In Progress/ Unpublished file. I wrote a long time ago, but never knew just how to share it. As a letter actually works.)

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