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Posted: February 19th. 2009 1:42:56 PM

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Woman-Tree Crone in Springtime ©2005

by Lady Raokhsha

Age Group: Adult

Standing not-so-tall now beside the old house,
Her scars bear witness to attacks she never sought.
Her children are gone now,
Dying young or leaving her. The pain is all the same.

…Many times, long years ago, she had joined in the Dance.
She stretched tall, wearing a dress of softest green.
She twisted and turned and bent and waved her limber arms.

Once she was adored by all who looked upon her.
When she still held the promise of imagined miracles —
When young men still included her in their plans,
And little children played and picked flowers at her feet.

The music around her twirls away into the past.
She stands alone now, beside the empty house,
But quitting has never held sway within her soul.

Not until this last, long winter,
When dreams cracked — echoes of the icicles falling around her.
The seeds she scattered have withered,
and cold winter has stolen away the hope.

But even the cruelest memories can be gentle fingers pushing forward.
Sadness brings tears that nourish dreams.
Loss creates room for something else.
New growth, reaching higher.

But too soon now the memories fade.
In the long, long memory of her heart
The winters become shorter, swifter, harder.

Long, slow spirals into forever....
But she cannot bear another wrenching of her spirit,
Cannot withstand another false promise.

She reaches out her wizened limbs,
Presenting tiny buds seeking the sun,
And once again she dares the Spring to ask for one more dance.

Author's Notes: The personification in this poem is at times personal, as I have entered "cronedom, " lo, these many years ago myself.

I hold the copyright for this piece, so please do not use without permission. I share its spirit with you, but not the rights. grin

Lady R

Author's Location: Pikesville, Maryland
More Poems: Lady Raokhsha has posted 4 additional poems- View them?
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