#NationalPoetryMonth – #SummerMagic: Poems of Life & Love – The Last Rose

A slight change of pace today, from our little boy camping in the mountains, to something a bit less jovial. Because, you know. Life can’t be all rope swings and summer smiles.  Hope you enjoy it, anyway. 😀

The Last Rose
     by Marcia Meara

Late July, and
The day drowses,
Air heavy and still.
Bees moving slowly from
Flower to flower,
In a dance weighed down by heat.
Sleepy hours spent dreaming, longing
For other places, other chances.
Anything better
Than one more day
Spent under this weight,
With movements made slow,
Like easy prey.

He walked out of the dust
And into the garden,
The answer to a prayer.
Wickedly handsome, he came to her with
A smile full of promises she chose to believe.
Take me away, she begged.
Yes, he whispered, of course.
Whatever you want, my beautiful girl.
He gave her dreams of cool, green hills
And kisses that tasted of summer peaches.
Sweet lies on a sweeter tongue,
Promises whispered with hot breath,
Against already burning skin,
And everywhere, the smell of roses
Thick on the summer air.

But winter came,
Bringing brittle wind
Seeping under the sill,
As cold as hungry lies
Told when the sun was warm.
Her heart is a frozen stone
In the center of her breast,
The chance of rescue,
Gone. Forgotten.
A faded rose in a dry vase
Drops one last petal to the floor,
As gray as her life
In this barren room.
Empty promises fled
With the summer sun,
And left nothing behind
But dead dreams and dying hope,
Gasping and huddled
Against the bitter

Download Summer Magic here: Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love

My poems have also appeared in the following Silver Birch Press Anthologies: 

Noir Erasure Poetry Anthology (Silver Birch Press Anthologies Book 5) Kindle Editionhttp://amzn.to/2B8jhWX

Summer: An Eclectic Anthology of Poetry & Prose (Silver Birch Press Anthologies Book 3) Kindle http://amzn.to/2BhzE4q

SILVER: An Eclectic Anthology of Poetry & Prose (Silver Birch Press Anthologies) Kindle Edition http://amzn.to/2A3XxPb

Green: An Eclectic Anthology of Poetry & Prose (Silver Birch Press Anthologies Book 2) Kindle Edition http://amzn.to/2jTQsdt



32 thoughts on “#NationalPoetryMonth – #SummerMagic: Poems of Life & Love – The Last Rose

    • Thanks, Robbie. Yes, tragic, but sometimes that’s what happens when you choose to believe something you know you shouldn’t. (I suspect we’ve all done that at one point or another.) Glad you enjoyed it, Robbie.

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    • Thanks, Staci. I believe she’ll survive that first winter, and come back a wiser woman for the experience. Beware the Handsome Stranger with Sweet Kisses and Sweeter Promises. (That should be on a T-shirt!) 😀 (I’m going back to resting now, I promise!)

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    • Thanks, but take heart. It generally takes a knock or two along the way (sometimes even HARD ones) to learn to be a bit more cautious about strangers appearing out of nowhere to sweet talk you into believing what you wanted to hear. This is what’s known as a learning experience, and I feel sure that when the sun comes out again, our lonely lass will be ready to look for love once more–only with a modicum of common sense this time. That’s my story, an’ I’m stickin’ to it! 😀

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    • Thank you, Diana! So glad you liked it. But never fear. Once the winter wind blows away, and the sun comes out again, I think our heroine will take another chance on love, and perhaps she’ll be a bit wiser for this first unhappy experience. 🙂 Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, too. 😀

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    • Ummm, me? Hahahahaha. Oh, sometimes I crack myself up! 😀 Seriously, I’m a long way from a brilliant poet, but I do LOVE poetry, and have been writing it since I was five years old. So, I do have a little chapbook of poems out that I published right after my first novel, and every now and then, I’m compelled to share things from it. Especially if I find out it’s National Poetry Month! Glad you enjoyed it. I’ve been posting a poem a day for 3 or 4 days now, and the others are a bit more light-hearted. I’ll probably put another later today, too, just for fun. 😀 Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! Very much appreciated! 😀 ❤

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