Given As a Gift
by Claire Vanderwoude

Given as a gift
I grasped too hard
Only to be pricked
To watch the blood flow, welling up
Spilling from a soul yearning for love
Given as a gift
I threw it away
Crushing its life
Breaking its spirit
Never caring, never feeling its pain
Given as a gift
To be cruelly ignored
Left on a doorstep to be
Frozen, entombed in bitter frost
To die, alone and forgotten
Given as a gift
Never able to win
Sent slowly back to the creator

Left wilting, myself and the rose

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Poem Copyright 2003 by Claire Vanderwoude


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