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Red Rose Blues

( after Langston Hughes )
 
 
The rain is falling down upon the grave,
I’m by myself without a friend in sight.
A woman of the streets committed sin,
With no man of her own chose suicide.
 
And yet I’m God I’m helpless what to do,
The rain is falling down upon the grave.
Beneath the stone she’s buried in the cold,
While I on high between can only watch.
 
The flowers that I grow within the yard,
Only to kill herself when Winter came.
The rain is falling down upon the grave,
As couples passing by will never know.
 
Above, my perfect world is where I stay,
Awaiting Spring for roses red to bloom.
I’d send her red, red roses ev’ry day.
The rain is falling down upon the grave.
 
Written by Heaven_sent_Kathy
Published | Edited 1st Feb 2020
Author's Note
Inspired by the following by Langston Hughes:
“God”: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/5531/god-56d236c65624c
“April Rain Song”: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/51625/april-rain-song
“Suicide” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=17394
“Red Roses”: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=17393

For the Classic Corner Langston Hughes tribute “We Are Beautiful and Ugly Too“, hosted by Ahavati and JohnnyBlaze.
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