Michael Edwards




When first she rose

by the light of a single candle,

she smiled a disparaging smile.


She loved him still,

though on her shoulders sorrow weighed,

worn like a flowing silken shawl.


Her hair now grey,

she wore so well her natures gifts

which providence had provided.


He’d uttered words

against the tenets of his creed

with deep regret upon review.


And she forgave,

as condemnation left her heart

and through it all the candle burned.






    MICHAEL ~ Great Poem ~ Great Picture ~ Thanks for sharing. Candles signify hope and forgiveness ~ I often light one for Friends in Need when i visit Catholic Churches in the UK and Overseas. Love the Village Painting ~ Like me ~ people will buy an original Work of Art for a plethora of REASONS ! Yours BRIAN. Please check my ALPHABETIC POEM ~ Thanks B

    • Michael Edwards

      Thanks Brian and unless I've miscounted its based on 4.7.7 - see you've got me at it now !!

      • BRIAN & ANGELA

        Having a consistent meter in a poem is very important especially in recitation. 4 7 7 is good and I noticed the "lilt" as i read it. I am a performance poet ~ Yours BRIAN

      • rrodriguez

        Through it all, the candle burned. Great symbolism of continual resignation in life. Not frustration or misery, but a resignation borned out of virtue and "worn like a flowing silken shawl." Great symbolism. Awesome poem. Well expressed.

        • Michael Edwards

          Thank you RR for your kind comments.

        • WriteBeLight

          Great pairing of poem and words, Michael.

        • Fay Slimm.

          Michael your talent for image and word never fail - a truly delightful painting and read.

        • Christina8

          A beautiful painting and a wonderful poem. Love the last stanza!

        • Tony36

          Awesome write and awesome picture

          • Michael Edwards

            Appreciate that Tony - thanks so much.

            • Tony36


            • P.H.Rose

              Just superb sir
              Absolutely superb...

            • janetaylor

              wow! just wow! i was blown away.

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