Lynn W. Petty

Gold Star - 5,168 Points (3/29/28 / Newport Beach, California)

No Monarch, She - Poem by Lynn W. Petty

No monarch she, though regal does she lie.
The pillows tucked beneath her silvered hair.
Her wrinkled face indicative of life
Well lived, who met the challenge of the years.
Her countenance a sculpture worn by time.
Through age, her youth-like beauty could be seen,
The child of yesterday, impatient with her
Aged frame, restricted by its use,
Afraid to cut the cord of this sojourn.
I passed before her. Now, her time had come.
I stood behind the screen of life and death,
That veil that separates all time and space,
Life's dream, from spiritual reality.
I stepped to elbow's side, and kissed her brow.
Her breathing, slowed by age and her decease.
She lifted up her palsied arm and laid
Her youthful hand in mine. She leapt into
My firm embrace, we crossed the span of Now.
Her human cloak, of flesh and blood, lay still.
Past-darkened shades of memory we saw,
Revealed, our purpose in this sacred scheme.
The setting sun had haloed her dark hair.
Tender loving warmth had filled her eyes,
"Alone, my own, alone for rest of time."

Topic(s) of this poem: life and death

Form: Free Verse


Comments about No Monarch, She by Lynn W. Petty

  • Bri Edwards (4/30/2017 2:41:00 PM)


    hello again, Readers,

    Lynn has SEVEN POEMS in a series: The Honeymoon, How Beautiful is Woman Full With Child, A Father, My Son, Childhood, Brass Rings, and then….. No Monarch, She..'
    ………………in that order.
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  • Bri Edwards (4/27/2017 11:01:00 PM)


    Her breathing, slowed by age and her decease...............i think a little oops! she is CLOSE to decease, but maybe you meant disease? i THINK, though THAT would mean two letters are needing to be corrected. if i'm wrong, please explain. :)

    this poem makes me, the reader, work a bit, keeping in mind the punctuation when sentences span more than one line. but, Thanks for punctuation. it IS helpful!
    i was not sure that these lines needed the commas, but...........you are the boss. :) :)

    Alone, my own, alone for rest of time. ...........she said or you said? and if it was the dying one, and she
    believed in an afterlife, why would she seem to say she would be alone? rest of time? ..........of course this might mean 'taking a nap for a while', not 'all of future's time'.

    i'm not so used to such high class poesy, except when the poet is YOU!

    bri :)

    i'm guessing this poem is not 'personal'. at least not about an event you were involved in. right or wrong? ?
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 24, 2016



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