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The Rose In Winter

A delicate crimson rose endures
The snow and winds of winter's grasp
And closes up and wilts a while
Until Summer sun it finds at last

In this world of unrighteousness
Where brutes and ogres' egos roam
And selfishness abounds like weeds
She exists in shattered form

With silent seething disillusion
And saddened, unrequited love
Maddened by the unjust acts
of those who advertised their “love”

A vain and self-indulgent god
Did seize himself her mind and oath
Presiding as the demons do
In hidden acts pronounced as gross

Enduring the madness of matriarchs
And the hostility of tribal gang
Where smiles of familial welcoming
Turned into savage, jealous fangs

Yet though the bitterness seeps through
And anger permeates her skin
Sweet dignity she still retains
And devotion still resides within

Her adornment incorruptible
Her spirit mild yet resolute
Did not return evil for evil
But stood and conquered it with good

Happy is she who has endured
And in mild subjection did remain
Showing honour to a painful degree
To bring honour to Jehovah's name

And though she stumbled in despair
Yet withstood for righteous sake
Her loyalty, the beast could not sever
Nor divine conscience could he break

For like the rose at winter's end
That bears a striking sharpened thorn
Her petals still are soft and pure
And her soul with beauty still adorned

For the righteous one who sees all things
And whose love she yet retains
Will never for eternity forget
The love she showed for his great name

And should she reach out and beseech
And trust his salvation once again
She would know with certainty
He has never let go her hand

For Cheryl

About this poem

Dedicated to my daughter - Cheryl - who is still recovering from an abusive relationship, and is not convinced that she is lovable..

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Submitted by Moomin on June 18, 2022

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,651
Words 302
Stanzas 12
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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