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CHRISTINA-MARIE UMSCHEID

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A YEAR WITHOUT ROSES

 

 

One year roses bloomed

as perfect as glass.

Now there are stems that prick

deep into the past..  Long stems linger

tall and strong

I canít place these memories

on your distant grave.

Instead I whisper

to bright green, remembering

blossoms I took home..

 

Petals refused to root

without your touch.

Red slipped into ground

Predicting a future

I didnít see.

 

Fortunes are seldom told

with roses.

One for you.

One for Mom.

 

As tears that wouldnít leave

my eyes

Your number still lingers

on speed dial.

To remove it is like you

have gone forever.

 

Instead I call

and talk to static.

 

Do you hear rain soaking dirt?

Today I wear your flannel shirt

to shield me from cold

as I protect the rosebush

from winterís brush.

 

 

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