Promise of the Rose

Promise of the Rose

A promised green garden withers to seed,
Dried petals scattered on the barren ground.
Silent anguish as the crimson rose bleeds,
Grief carried on the wind without a sound.

Tears burn a path when hope has slipped away,
Hot crystals sparking precious memories.
The fragrance of the summer jasmine sway,
The gentle rhythm of the crashing sea.

Now the nightingale sings a soothing tune,
Spread your wings, set your restless spirit free.
It’s time to soar beyond the crescent moon,
For the universe is your destiny.

Somewhere beyond a million silver stars,
Eternal rapture beckons from afar.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
February 15, 2021

A poem for friends who have tragically passed away … another one for the dark sonnet series. 😥 ❤

Blogophilia Week 50.13 Topic: Promised Rose Garden
Hard Bonus (2 points):  Use a song title from Frankie Valli and/or the Four Seasons (Slip Away, Silver Star)
Easy Bonus (1 Point):  Mention a town or city from North Dakota (Hope; Crystal)

This week’s pic

Secret Bonus Phrases:

1.  Hot lips
2.  Pink lipstick
3.  Sealed with a kiss
4.  Stealing kisses
5.  Lover’s kiss
6.  Pretty in pink
7.  My lips are sealed…
8.  Cupid’s bow
9.  Love is in the air
10. Dangerous liaisons 

Topic:  Stormy   Picture:  Christopher


  1. Irene Melgoza says:

    Firsties? 🙂 Lovely write!

    1. Michael Todd says:

      Sorrow (riffing Colleen Breuning’s
      “Promise of the Rose”)

      Sorrow has you, firm grip in tow,
      proving to be, unyielding foe.
      There’s no substitute, in its stead,
      for a sad goodbye, left unsaid.

      When fields turn brown, nothing is left;
      all leaves and blooms and fruit bereft;
      hasten despair, put it to bed,
      for a sad goodbye, left unsaid.

      What was left unsaid? I can’t say,
      that cross to bear, now held at bay;
      sympathy pain, from fear to dread,
      for a sad goodbye, left unsaid.

      Sorrow has you, firm grip in tow,
      for a sad goodbye, left unsaid.

      Michael Todd (2021)

      1. Michael Todd… you are the best. This is so heartrending. I am sorry for the loss of your father…that is one of the most difficult things to go through. I don’t think I ever recovered from losing Dad 18 years ago. 😥

        I just love your riffs and I’m honored you stopped by and wrote this beautiful sonnet to go with mine. Love you! ❤

    2. Thank you dear! ❤ It's been a sad time losing friends! 😥

  2. Its a beauty yet it’s heartbreaking. 😢
    Big hug my dear Colleen.

    1. Thank you Alba my dear… love you and big hugs back! ❤

  3. tylermyrth72 says:

    It feels like there’s a bit of light at the end of the tunnel

    1. Thanks, all we can hope is that our loved ones who pass are no longer in pain and flying free…. 😥 ❤

  4. Very poignant. 8 points Earthling

  5. falcon1974 says:

    There is a journey beyond this life we all know. Very powerful write Colleen.

    1. Thank you. Your words are so true…. it’s a little scary to think about but we can only hope that final destination is filled with glory once we go through the pain. ❤

  6. bugsiboo33 says:

    Beautifully sad and dark. Thank you

  7. So sad, they will be so missed. Your words as always lovely.

    1. Thank you dear friend!! ❤ ❤

  8. Dia Jae says:

    It’s a very nice tribute.

    1. Thank you sweetie. It’s been a very tough year… 2021 isn’t starting out very well. *sigh* Hugs ❤

      1. Dia Jae says:

        Definitely not starting off right. I think we’re going in the wrong direction.

  9. Absolutely beautiful Colleen. I can hear Allison Krauss singing these words as haunting lyrics. Wow, just wow.

    1. Thank you Sistah Girlfriend! Wow, that is a nice compliment – I just love Alison Krauss! Love ya friend! ❤ ❤

  10. jay says:

    So hard to grasp all the writers being swept into eternity this year. Very well done tribute, my friend.

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