Why so silent? Looking for answers where they can't be found. It's probably not what you expect when you think of a grave.

Why so silent, sweet red rose?
Why do your petals fade?
Your leaves with ice are heavy weighed,
and lost in winter snows

Why so silent, sweet green vine?
Why do you cling so strong?
You know not where you will belong,
but through the thorns you twine

Why so silent, sweet black thorn?
Why is your touch so cruel?
You, shadowed by the rose's jewel,
must bear the maiden's scorn

Why so silent, sweet white maid?
And why are you still weeping?
Your tears fall for one ever sleeping,
who in his grave is laid

Why so silent, bitter snows?
Why must you be so cold?
You make a strange sight to behold,
blanketing grave and rose

Submitted: January 16, 2007

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I like this. It has an air of melancholy and sadness that really seeps into you; not in a bad way though... Well rounded too.
Great job!

Tue, January 16th, 2007 6:57pm


Thank you!

Tue, January 16th, 2007 1:10pm


Bitter Irony:

Most beautiful! Wonderful imagery rooted in nature.

Wonderful treatment of what might, otherwise, be terribly sad. Stressing, at least to some extent, an eternal quality to irony as expressed in your poem.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, January 17th, 2007 4:01am


Thank you, again! I tried to give this poem a sort of "impressionistic" effect, just a momentary glance at a scene I've had in my head for some time. It's good to know that the imagery and overall effect was pretty close to my aim.

Tue, January 16th, 2007 8:19pm


5 stars nice.

Wed, January 17th, 2007 4:02pm


Thank you!

Wed, January 17th, 2007 12:19pm


I like this poem reminds me of my poem i wrote after being at my grandad's grave (as i knelt by your grave) I very much like your style it never fails to provide great atmosphere and feeling. Keep up the great work!

Mon, January 22nd, 2007 2:51am


Thank you!

Sun, January 21st, 2007 7:10pm

Frances Gail

I liked this very much, my parents have both died in the past four years.. I do not like going to the cemetary it makes me so sad. You're poem was so beautiful.
Frances Gail

Fri, August 3rd, 2007 6:14pm


I'm sorry for your loss. Thanks for the comment.

Sat, August 4th, 2007 10:17pm

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