Edmund V. Strolis

A String Of Days - Poem by Edmund V. Strolis

Her eyes now perpetually wet
With veins like the furrows on her face
Red and painfully earned
Crows feet framed by worry
Squinting to deflect those memories

And yet my God what a beauty she is
With a grace all but lost to young ones
A certain elegance undefinable
A presence and dignity undaunted
A determined survivor of a trying life

Some it seems get more than their share
Of things to keep them awake at night
Yes I know that all of us have such things
But not all of our woes reach a certain place
A place where the true nightmares dwell

She is still standing in the eye of the storm
Yet there is and will never be true peace
At best a string of days within a short truce
She cares not a wit for any of this praise
So in silent reverence I will always remain

Topic(s) of this poem: friendship, hope, love, peace

Comments about A String Of Days by Edmund V. Strolis

  • Nosheen IrfanNosheen Irfan (7/9/2017 8:31:00 AM)

    This sounds like a tribute to a woman's strength who goes through a lot in life but if she maintains her dignity, she looks beautiful even in old age. Days of life roll by, leaving us all scarred but scars are beautiful if they speak of our struggles and our survival. A lovely write. (Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (7/6/2017 7:57:00 AM)


    as usual because of your skill and your direct approach, i relate to and like this other kind of beauty you describe. and with you i respect and marvel at what some people endure- endure with dignity not bitterness.

    this poem is well-titled i think. a string of days within a short truce is a resonant phrase.


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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (7/1/2017 8:28:00 AM)

    Despite facing so many odds in life, having gone through so much trials and tribulations, she remains a beauty all along. A fitting tribute really. The flow and concept are amazing. thanks for sharing.10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • Sarah PerssonSarah Persson (7/1/2017 3:10:00 AM)

    What a beautiful poem indeed. You've captured everything in few lines of the mental complexities that have been endured in this woman life. Yet she is still beautiful. Even more so than most (Report)Reply

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  • Norah TunneyNorah Tunney (6/28/2017 10:19:00 PM)

    What a beautiful tribute! ! ! We get a sense of someone who lives with deep pain or grief of some kind and yet carries it with elegance and dignity.We too remain in silent reverence and we wonder about her life's journey. Her strength and graciousness in the midst of suffering inspires us all. Thank you Edmund (Report)Reply

    Edmund StrolisEdmund Strolis(6/29/2017 7:20:00 PM)

    The poem is specific and yet at the same time encompasses all faces that force a smile for the worrying loved ones. Wishing them a string of days in which they find some measure of contentment and rest and fall away from the script of a hideous play that they had the misfortune of being written into. What a strange and mystic world we live in. A place wherein we can find hope and strength by being witness to the painful endurance. We are not mere cousins to chimps. No we are a little bit more. We are potential and in that potential is positive energy. Something never to be taken lightly.

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  • Pamela SinicropePamela Sinicrope (6/28/2017 7:08:00 PM)

    A beautiful Ode to a beautiful but struggling woman as seen through the speakers lens. With love and gentle care, you unfold her layers and her story. We don't know why, but we know. Well written. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

    Edmund StrolisEdmund Strolis(6/29/2017 7:11:00 PM)

    I think it is a thing of beauty itself this sadness carried with painful grace. I sometimes hesitate to send such a poem. Wondering instead if I should stick to something more in keeping with my carefree state of mind. I have my own sad stories. Heart breakingly so but I know enough to appreciate that others have suffered and suffer even worse and yet somehow bear it.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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