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A Trampled Rose
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By Louis Gander
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A Trampled Rose

I so remember long ago
a Fair had came to town.
People talked for many weeks
and came from miles around.

Now there were several contests.
Two roses were compared.
It seemed like only yesterday
the way the people stared....

A mass of people circled.
Around the roses, stood.
But sitting in my wheel chair,
I couldn't see too good.

One received the highest prize,
the other one was tossed -
as people cheered the winner and,
ignored the one that lost.

Now for the rose that lost its case,
the judge just cast aside.
It then was trampled under feet.
Its owner nearly cried.

The winning rose was held up high
for all the world to see.
The people crammed around it close,
and oh, they did agree.

For better look, the crowd in back
stood high on their tip toes.
They shifted 'round for greater view,
and trampled on that rose.

Then finally, a little boy
'bout three for four years old,
picked that trampled flower up
and gave to me to hold.

It's stem was crushed quite thoroughly.
It wasn't very long -
now hardly recognizable
with most it's petals gone.

I wanted nothing of it -
to see the other rose!
But I sat in my wheel chair.
That's how this story goes.

The boy stood right beside me.
He thought he'd done me good.
He never said a single word -
he just misunderstood.

There on my lap it laid until
I got back to my room.
I tossed it in the trash can as -
it would not ever bloom.

But then a few days later,
the County Fair had passed;
when all excitement dwindled,
when people left at last...

I unburied that dead rose,
and pressed it in a book.
Now when I'm most discouraged,
I take another look.

Pressed deep within the pages
of Psalm One-hundred-three;
I often think of that small boy -
the love he showed to me.

The winning rose has long since passed
and gone, its worldly shine.
Though others long for other things,
that trampled rose is mine.

2008 louis gander ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
http://www.ganderpoems.org/
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Psalm 103 (NASB)
Praise for the LORD'S Mercies.
A Psalm of David.
1"Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name."


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Submitted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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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