fading fast

garden of summers past

held a palmed rose

colours of petals everlast

in memory’s soft repose


final flower sighed tears

under dying sun’s pale heat

dreams wilt in urgent fears

sad colours earned retreat



Based on five charms (phrases) taken from Samuel Greenberg’s “The Pale Impromptu” (1915): a palmed rose, flower sighed tears, pale heat, urgent fears, colours earned retreat. Laura hosts at dVerse poets pub tonight.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sanaarizvi
    Oct 22, 2020 @ 07:50:33

    “final flower sighed tears under dying sun’s pale heat,”… this is such a strong and poignant image, Lynn 💝


  2. memadtwo
    Oct 21, 2020 @ 21:12:26

    a beautiful melancholy, and you made the phrases sing (K)


  3. -Eugenia
    Oct 21, 2020 @ 08:46:10

    I love your approach to the ending of summer. Nicely done!


  4. Laura Bloomsbury
    Oct 21, 2020 @ 06:14:29

    your title doubly reflects the season and mortality not least for Greenberg’s short span -like that of the flower but
    “colours of petals everlast”
    – and so has his poetry now


  5. Francis Barker
    Oct 21, 2020 @ 04:35:44

    There is much excellence in your brevity here, well done.


  6. msjadeli
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 23:41:18

    A very peace-inducing poem, Lynn. We know they will return and can relax until then.


  7. rothpoetry
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 21:20:40

    I really like what you did with this. The literal and way in which this summer has gone make it very timely.


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