a rose on snow

11 Jan

fall vapor catches and thaws the last standing rose;

on dew turning into a frost greeting –


caught in my last breath of summer,

i linger in between that space

understanding the rose —seen

slipping gracefully into winter.


oh, how could i have embraced you?

knowing, i must let you go!


with that said, i sigh a good-bye

with ego and pride; 

windy hair and your bright blue eyes.


Romeo, Juliet, and those perfect Bob Dylan lines

that created a pause in time to hear the tide

of changing times.


now, i also must go. but, instead of leading

—i must follow the petals fall.


a peeling self in love,

always blossoms anew in the soul

that never touches the  ground


Posted by on January 11, 2020 in Poetry


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18 responses to “a rose on snow

  1. hypercryptical

    January 14, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Very moving ZQ, a lovely read indeed.
    Anna :o]

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Susie Clevenger

    January 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    For everything thing there is a season….letting go arrives often with melancholy…beautiful poem

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    January 13, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    I think we always know that there is an end, we know that there will be pain, but how could you ever refrain.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Audrey M Howitt

    January 13, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    A beautiful piece! Such a lovely read!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jim

    January 13, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    I guess that this is the way life is, you told it wonderfully. But it often causes sadness. For both, and the blossom is not always to blame.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Helen L Dehner

    January 13, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Love your ode to love, letting go .. and a rose.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Kerry

    January 13, 2020 at 8:57 am

    A moving piece of writing.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. jaerose37

    January 13, 2020 at 6:28 am

    I love your parting verse especially

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    January 13, 2020 at 3:30 am

    Very poignant.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Jim

    January 13, 2020 at 1:54 am

    A fun read, fun in finding out what was going on. Great, “the soul that never touches the ground.”

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Vandana

    January 12, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    It is difficult to letet go, but may be it is the best thing sometimes to do….

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Myrna

    January 12, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    This is so touching. I love its progression and so many beautiful lines. Truly lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. magicalmysticalteacher

    January 12, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Letting go is always hard to do, but humans should (and often do) take a lesson from the rose petals. Love this poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Kestril Trueseeker

    January 12, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Even knowing pain awaits us doesn’t deter us from loving.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. gillena cox

    January 12, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    This is so ethereal, love, soul and fleeting bloom.
    Happy New Year ZQ


    Liked by 1 person

  16. Magaly Guerrero

    January 12, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    This poem reads like a song, and the third stanza is a heart-squeezing note.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. hhennenburg

    January 12, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Love that pause in time and that our art reminds us to pay attention. Something always new in the soul…what a wonderful end.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Sherry Marr

    January 11, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    “How could I have embraced you, knowing I must let you go?” The lover’s dilemma, every time. Sigh. So poignant, the goodbye to “windy hair and your bright blue eyes”. In your closing lines, I sense a bigger story. Always lovely to read you, my friend.

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