Posts Tagged ‘loss’



Today is my sixteenth birthday

He gave me this book and a rose

Then he blushed and gave me a hug

And he kissed the tip of my nose


Today I’m eighteen, a woman

I wondered if he would propose

Then he gave me a diamond ring

He’d placed on the stem of a rose


Today is the day I’ll marry

And he didn’t forget a rose

It is in my wedding bouquet

With the yellow ribbons and bows


Today I gave birth to a son

And he’s perfect from head to toes

He pinned to the baby’s blanket

The most beautiful fragrant rose


This is my eightieth birthday           

As always, he gave me a rose

But I doubt there’ll be another

For I feel my life’s near a close


               ~ ~ ~


She’d be eighty-one today, he wrote

She left me in April, last year

I planted a bush by her headstone

So she’ll always have roses near


9/10/90 – Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck


3’rd … PAW (in Pa) 1990

2’nd … Indiana NPD 1995

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She lost her son,

and I was witness

to her anguish

as she wrapped herself

in grief.

I couldn’t help but wonder

if there was an end

to her torment,

as it smothered the spark

that had made

her such a vital person.

Time did see a change,

but she never

got over her loss,

and I failed to understand.


Years later

I felt the depth

of her unrelenting pain,

and with it,

came understanding.

I lost my son.


2/6/93       Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck


Won “Distinguished Poet” Award = 7/00

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