By in Random

The White Flower

She wore a white flower in her hair
So delicate, a breath of air
She moved through the room like spring sunlight
Filtering through drapes of gauze

The soul of grace, I should have known
That lithe spirit would soon have flown
Rather than to stay rooted in the depths
Of this mundane world.

There are things too ethereal
To really be corporeal
Was she real? Or reverie? A flitting shade,
A vision only I had made?

The white flower taunts my memory
A gardenia? A peony?
It grows outside the window of my sickroom
Wafting a perfume to soothe

And as I fade from this mortal plain
To be freed from my earthly pain
Remember to wear a white flower
In remembrance of me, who was she.

Image Credit » by punnamjai

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MelissaE wrote on May 1, 2015, 7:19 AM

This reminds me of King Edward's wife...I cannot remember her name.

MegL wrote on May 1, 2015, 7:47 AM

Lovely poem and a nice way to go remembering who you used to be.

iwrite28 wrote on May 1, 2015, 2:11 PM

This is hauntingly beautiful. You have wonderful expression.

bestwriter wrote on May 2, 2015, 1:16 AM

Interesting poem. What brought about these thoughts?

AliCanary wrote on May 4, 2015, 11:15 AM

You mean the Duchess of Windsor? The one that he abdicated the throne for? Dang, I know I know her name, and I can't remember it now, either. Something kind of unusual, though.

AliCanary wrote on May 4, 2015, 11:16 AM

Yes, I wanted to capture the mindset of someone near death who is kind of fading in and out of reality.

AliCanary wrote on May 4, 2015, 11:16 AM

Thanks so much! emoticon :smile:

AliCanary wrote on May 4, 2015, 11:18 AM

I just use a point of inspiration, like the white flower, and weave something around it. I wanted to paint a picture of a character as though it were a third person, but then it turns out to be the narrator, but thought while dying, so it's all kind of a twist.

MegL wrote on May 4, 2015, 12:43 PM

Wallis Simpson? As in "you can never be too rich or too thin"!

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AliCanary wrote on May 4, 2015, 6:30 PM

Ah, yep, Wallis Simpson. Wallis is an odd name, to me. I guess it's a last name. They do that in the American South, for some reason. I know a lady named Hodges (first name), and then there are the authors Carson McCullers and Harper Lee, both female.