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All Roses Bloom and Fade

(in memory of Conor Cummings, 11.7.92 – 4.7.08)

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He smiles, too tired to stay,
His voice falls thin and shrill;
All roses bloom and fade

When laughter turns astray
And hands press their goodwill,
He smiles, too tired to stay

Hard hourglass turns the day,
Forced hope turns into drill;
He smiles, too tired to stay,

When medicines betray,
His flesh burns with a chill –
All roses bloom and fade

Hearts shattered while we pray –
He climbs one last good hill;
All roses bloom and fade

In sunken face of gray,
Life slopes away until
He smiles, too tired to stay –
All roses bloom and fade

— t. l. cummings
Image by the author
(a version of a Villanelle)

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Such a poignant, beautifully written poem… I know this loss and empathize.

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    October 22, 2017
  2. So very sad and moving.

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    October 22, 2017
  3. I felt this so deeply in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss

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    November 9, 2017
    • Thank you. He would have been 25 years old Nov. 7 (Tuesday). He was 15 1/2 when he died. It doesn’t matter how much time passes, it will always hurt.

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      November 9, 2017
      • Some wounds do not heal. That kind of loss I would expect would hurt forever. I am so sorry. I’m sure the passing of his birthday brought up so many memories.

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        November 9, 2017
  4. It always does. But always the good memories, when he was healthy. How lucky we were to have had him as our son.

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    November 9, 2017
  5. Heart achingly beautiful.

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    November 18, 2017

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