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

  • Author: jarcher54 (Offline Offline)
  • Published: September 3rd, 2020 03:18
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 98
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  • 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 πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

      • 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.

      • 🐀s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷🐦😽

        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...I’ve got multitudes of them lying around in little green β€œMemoranda” 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 πŸ™‚

            • FineB

              A beautiful poignant poem Jarcher54

              Keep writing ✍ and safe during these challenging times.

            • Dasim

              What a beautiful, moving image!
              Thank you.

            • 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 ..

            • FallenAngel1πŸ•Š

              An award winning write,..as far as I'm concernedπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ†πŸΎπŸ•Š

            • arqios

              Grieving is such a familiar stranger, like an unopen'd book gathering dust on a shelf. But once 'unfolded' can be closed again and put away for good. There it goes in a shelf of other books on other circumstances of grief. Thanks for sharing, J. /Rik.

            • Jon Nakapalau

              Wow - hit me hard!

              • jarcher54

                Jon, you are too kind. Thanks. One day soon I hope to post a few more things... but I am still working as well as caring for a disabled son and other things... love your contributions, be they poems or comments. You make me feel like I belong.

              • hzugman

                Very nicely done, Jarcher

              • Neville

                in view of you bumping into me earlier, whether intentionally or by accident, I subsequently felt somewhat obliged to return to a page where I felt really most comfortable for another peek, you understand .. and yes indeed .. they remain just as I previously left them .. darn near perfect ... Neville

                • jarcher54

                  I am due for a couple new contributions... if I can set aside my briefs and memos and committee amendments for a few moments! Keep me engaged, will you, with your various levels of dry wit and unassuming charm.

                  • Neville

                    aw gawsh sir, he can but try πŸ™‚

                  • a drop of mind

                    even i need to use less words here.

                    • jarcher54

                      Yes, sometimes less is more... a lesson I learned from watercoloring... too much work and it's all muddled. Thanks!

                    • Eileen Clark

                      I love this, in so few words and yet it fills me with with words I could never come up with in saying just the right thing at the right time, thank you

                      • jarcher54

                        You are just a little too kind... feel free to say all the nice things you can think of, my fellow Texan!

                        • Eileen Clark

                          πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

                        • Neville

                          I deliberately made my way back here to pay my respects again to an amazing little gem of a poem .. and also to Fay .. who is no longer with us .. Neville

                          • jarcher54

                            Has Fay passed away? I was afraid so. I did not find an obituary or memorial. Do you know of one?

                            • Neville

                              I am not entirely sure, she has not contacted me but I fear that the unexpected nature & duration of her absence does not bode well for poetry. Neville

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