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The Roses Red



The roses red, bloom and grow
Mid soil and earth down below
Whose roots cling tight to Mother Earth
Yet mourners know the flower’s worth

Mournful glances and tear-stained eyes
Plagued by death—that great divide!
While rent and twain thy robe in grief
To mark a separation, however brief

The darkened clouds and shadows veil
We ponder oft of heaven and hell
A tender flower that bears our grief
Whose stem and pedal bring relief

A regal beauty that bears our pain
And drapes the casket, flow’r, and spray
Beset by thorns that pierce and bleed
Yet offering comfort in times of need

A field afar from where we are
In rows aligned, both near and far
To lift us up, they bloom and grow
Mid soil and earth down below
Whose roots cling tight to Mother Earth
Yet roses know the mourner’s worth

©2020 Brian Duffin
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Brian Duffin

After taking an English class with a focus on literature and poetry, Brian Duffin discovered a love for words and a passion for poetry. Brian's poems reflect his love of nature, while also sharing the raw human emotions and events that fill and shape his life. more…

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