A Fragment

She lay the rose upon the leaf

   As gently as a humblebee

And closed the book upon her grief

  And shelved it for eternity


  • Fay Slimm.

    A tender scene set to stay with the reader long after the four lines end. Thanks for sharing this fragment my poet-friend.

  • Neville

    words well spent.... truly excellent ...

    and welcome proper my friend

    ... Neville

  • AwHec8

    Beautiful Poem that does say so much with a few words. Don

  • MendedFences27

    Symbols abound in this beautiful scene of conquering grief: Roses. leaf, humblebee (brilliant), book, shelved, eternity. Could be any form of grief and the reader then chooses their own and is drawn in. Just a lovely bit of poetry. - Phil A.

    • jarcher54

      You are spot on... this is inspired by a specific dear friend dealing with grief related to her lost love, lost health, lost (estranged) family, and the tragic loss of a daughter... but for me it applies to every sort of grief... that old friend may pass away any moment and I am about to deal with my own growing grief. Pondering her rapid decline last night led me to post this in its unfinished state, more or less in her honor. Of course the grief will never be forgotten, but it may morph into something else less destructive, more comforting... one hopes.


      ANGELA here (Brian is my Husband of 6 months !) Welcome to MPS it is a proactive site! Thanks for your first poem which has already had some good reviews! I love the MANTRA. We all suffer bereavement in most years - Your Poem suggests we should respect the departed & draw the line otherwise we would drown in unrequited grief! Thanks for sharing. Please check our site - Thanks A & B.

      Blessings - Love - Joy & Peace
      Angela & Brian ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

      • jarcher54

        I thought I'd better contribute more than a comment before you guys ban me! (-:

      • dusk arising

        There may be pain, regret, sadness and grief with and ending but, as you poem suggests, that is not the way to carry on in life.

        Both sad and uplifting. Sophisticated.

      • Goldfinch60

        So much said in few words, that grief will not longer be with her.

        Welcome to MPS.

      • ๐Ÿคs.zaynab.kamoonpuri๐ŸŒท๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜ฝ

        Wow said in awesome creatively crafted metaphor. Great in brevity. You ought to write more with such talent. Kudos!

        Plz pleez do read and comment my newest poem too.

      • Living Dead Girl

        Beautifully stated

      • Gary Edward Geraci

        Gerard Manley Hopkins was notorious for leaving fragments...Iโ€™ve got multitudes of them lying around in little green โ€œMemorandaโ€ printed by the Federal Supply Service. Now get on out there and start putting together your fragments into a genuine catalogue of work my friend! Speaking like a Texan to a fellow Texan, just two government servants conversing, sorry for my brashness.

        • jarcher54

          Loud and clear and perfectly welcome!

        • Quemis


        • Neville

          I have visited each of your two current posted poems here before and on several previous occasions

          .. I thought this time, I would leave my mark ....... again .. excellent in my opinion ...

          • jarcher54

            Thanks... I am still working and as an agency head, managing through Covid keeps me busy 23.5/7, but in the few moments I have to visit I enjoy poking my nose in amongst this cozy interesting little community. I'll try to contribute a little more often!

            • Neville

              No worries .. no pressure ... I understand entirely ๐Ÿ™‚

            • FineB

              A beautiful poignant poem Jarcher54

              Keep writing โœ and safe during these challenging times.

            • Dasim

              What a beautiful, moving image!
              Thank you.

            • Teddy.15

              I see utter elegance and beauty within your words, a stunning way to show grief fading into the past.

              • jarcher54

                Thanks... I penned this in a few moments after coming across an old dry flat rose inside a book I inherited from a late female friend of my parents. She lived a long single life caring for a sister with severe Downs syndrome. She had apparently been engaged once but never married. It made my heart ache wondering how it ended up there.

              • Andy Hunter

                A brief and perfectly phrased beautiful poem. Love it !!!

              • Violet bluebell( used to be yellow rose)

                Short but sweet ) beautiful words

              • Neville

                I am quite sure, being the lover of words and more specifically of poetry, that I am ...
                I was almost certain to gravitate back to this little gem ...
                It is after all, one that can easily stand the test of time ...


              • Neville

                I came back to check and hit the heart shaped button while I was here .. and yes, it is still truly excellent my friend .................Neville

              • Neville

                ............. lovely words re-visited ..

              • kivous

                Wow...just four lines, but so many emotions packed into it. It is like a zip file. Pure art!

              • FallenAngel1๐Ÿ•Š

                An award winning write,..as far as I'm concerned๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•Š

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