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Twilight Years

I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I now live in Daytona Beach, Florida. .


Together from high school day,

they had a love,

others look for

and others only dream about.

They had their days in the sun,

so much fun

and darker days when it seemed –

the rain would never go away.

Still hand in hand,

in their twilight years,

they still saw each other,

in the light of youth.

It was her greatest fear,

if the time came for one of them,

to ford that stream,

across that threshold –

when the angels came.

They talked about it,

but he would always laugh,

he’d say it wouldn’t matter,

because they’d never be far,

one from the other,

till the day they met on the other side.

He’d paint her pretty pictures,

with his words,

of ways of sending hellos,

through all the lonely tomorrows.

Or raindrops pattering,

like tears from the sky,

against a windowpane –

just saying hi.

Of scattered blossoms,

blowing in the soft wind,

in the spring.

Of lacey snowflakes,

that pasted ice flowers,

on the windowpanes.

Of summers with butterflies flitting,

sending many greetings

and much love from heaven above.

Still it was so strange,

to think they’d be one day parted,

till then she’d be glad just to have him,

by her side

and she knew that one day,

if the angels came for her first,

she’d be that butterfly of summer –

ever sitting upon his shoulder.

So on and on they’d go,

as the years rolled on –

they continued to celebrate their love.

© 2017 Gypsy Rose Lee


Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 16, 2017:

That is the best way when it's true love to be prepared but not to dwell on such things Shauna. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 16, 2017:

It's sweet that they discussed how they'd communicate if one left this Earth before the other, but I'm glad they didn't dwell on it and spent their life together in love.

Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 14, 2017:

Thank you Eric

As long as there is love FlourishAnyway

You welcome Chitrangada

Thank you Manatita

Thank you Bill.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 14, 2017:

I love the images portrayed by your words. There is quiet beauty in this lovely poem.

manatita44 from london on May 14, 2017:

Nice. A great dream for many. Sweet blossoms and charming butterflies indeed!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 14, 2017:

Beautifully composed and so expressive !

Thank you!

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 13, 2017:

That's a beautiful way of comforting one another for the inevitable.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2017:

Quite beautiful and I hope reflective of my love

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