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A Dried and Fragile Flower
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By Louis Gander
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A Dried and Fragile Flower

A dried and fragile flower, I -

hold close to broken heart

that cries in fervent, heavy tears

so Godly peace would start.

It's from my mama's funeral.

Yes, dried, completely dead -

and though it's fragile, I hold close

...to what she always said.

---

 

"So many people want to bloom

and live life their own way -

While stems are often hidden, they

hold up the whole bouquet.

 

"Beware of pride's deception!

That's what the Bible warns

in Obadiah One, verse three.

Be careful with those thorns.

 

"Not one small single flower blooms

without the narrow stem -

so treat folks how you'd like to be -

be treated back by them.

 

"Affect the different colored rose -

and do not them, reject.

Remember, a good Christian has

deep love and great respect."

 

Now everybody loved my mom -

'cause she loved everyone.

Though poor, was always giving more -

as if she'd just begun.

 

And mom was very patient too.

For years she went without.

Yet joy was heard in all her prayers.

With that, there was no doubt.

 

Her words were like this flower here.

And I had always tried -

to comprehend her fragile words

she left before she died.

---

A dried and fragile flower, I -

hold close to broken heart

that cries in fervent, heavy tears

so Godly peace would start.

It's from my mama's funeral.

Yes, dried, completely dead -

and though it's fragile, I hold close

...to what she always said.

 


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Submitted: Saturday, May 24, 2014

Last Updated: Monday, May 26, 2014

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.


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