Elegant Rose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

My mother, Anna Gibson, was a prestidigitator.
The neighbors always swore that even heaven’s
garden couldn’t compare with hers.
Sometimes in the early morning when e’ryone
was asleep, I’d grab a quilt that Mama made,
and go lay out in her miniature flower farm.
I’d close my eyes and let my body be drenched in the
fragrance of her hard work that outlined each petal.
Mama loved giving her flowers just
as much as she loved growing them.
Every time she’d call upon other fine ladies,
she’d make sure to bring a bouquet for them.
Sometimes she’d leave flowers on doorsteps –
but they’d always know they were from her.
Papa called her his Elegant Rose.
So when Papa died, Mama put a bouquet
of her best roses in his smooth, oak casket.
And those roses – those elegant roses –
were almost as lovely as she

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Emin3mAC said...
Oct. 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Beautiful poem..the elegancy of the woman from your poem says that you are an elegant writer..Dont stop writing..
kkstarr said...
Sept. 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm
wow this poem is so beautiful!  i could almost imagine you lying there!  brilliant!
heartoftheocean95 said...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm
This is beautiful! I love roses myself. Good job! I'd appreciate your opinion on my work.
storystar said...
Jun. 30, 2011 at 10:38 am
I love your voice! It sounds like you're from the South. I could almost smell the roses myself as you described them. :)
remembermeplz said...
Apr. 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I love it =) the story of it is amazing and your choice of words really flow.

Amazing =D

Aiden said...
Apr. 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm
this is really REALLY good. I think its really sweet and beautiful.
LiveInTheMoment said...
Mar. 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm
This is a beautiful poem. It had strong emotion behind the perfectly chosen words. I loved how you weren't formal, and went for a comfortable, casual style. Great job, and continue writing.
CommonSense7 said...
Aug. 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm
I love the imagry of your words. The ending almost is tearful, you pulled in everything that you could ever say in a story into a paragraph and tied it all in on the last sentance. It's beautiful. Is this a true story? 
JamieStarr said...
Jun. 21, 2010 at 2:49 am
this was wonderful i loved it and it is definetly going to be added to my favorites. and i am sorry to here that your dad passed away i know what it feels like :(
HopelessRomantic said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 12:32 am
Wow I really love this piece of poetry. I may add it to my favorites!
twilightgirl said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm
i like ur poem
Sylvan123 said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm
that was incredible! I love it it really caught my eye!
kasia F. said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm
that was so amazing and beautiful i cant stand :)
bookwormdg said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Very well written, keep up the good work!
Mara B. said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm
really nice poem.
SallySongy said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 10:54 pm
A great poem. Wish I could write that good. You forgot the period on the last line!
adria fan said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm
Beauiful Poem!!
Keep it up, advanced search Sydney M. and please look at my stuff.
annkaykay2011 said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm
Its very beautiful and I like the style of writing you chose. Keep it up!
melinda13 said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 6:29 am
beautiful. i really loved the last two lines, these ones:

"So when Papa died, Mama put a bouquet of her best roses in his smooth, oak casket.And those roses -- those elegant roses -- were almost as lovely as she." it was awesome!! keep on writing!

Stephy Hunny said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 7:25 pm
Oh my gosh. That was like so beautiful and so lovely and it almost made me cry. i thought the easy flow of your poem made it sweeter and more flexible for feeling and thought. I think that it had a strong blend of powerful writing with witty contrasts. I loved it. I really did.
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