Valerie Dohren

Gold Star - 7,958 Points (13 January 1947 / Southport)

The Old Lady - Poem by Valerie Dohren

With furrowed brow and silvered hair
Crumpled low in her rocking chair
Draped in a shawl of tattered lace
A thousand years upon her face

And sallowed cheeks, the rosy cast
Of girlhood having log since passed
She raised her eyes up to the sun
For now she knew her life was done

So many stories she had told
Across the years as she grew old
But now the time was drawing near
To be with those she loved most dear

She meekly smiled and gave a sigh
In mem`ry of the years gone by
Then glanced down at her wedding band
Hung loose upon her withered hand

Her eyes then gazed towards the place
Where stood a portrait of his face
The first and only love she`d known
Which blossomed like a rose, full grown

Yet as she looked, her eyes grew dim
(She thought she caught a glimpse of him)
But only shadows filled the room
The wilted rose no more to bloom

She stroked her hair and touched her breast
Where once her sleeping children pressed
So lonely in her room to weep
Then passed into eternal sleep


Comments about The Old Lady by Valerie Dohren

  • Vanessa HughesVanessa Hughes (3/22/2019 11:26:00 AM)

    Another beautiful poem Valerie. x (Report)Reply

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  • Hazel DurhamHazel Durham (9/29/2018 12:50:00 PM)

    Beautifully sad but joyful too that the old lady is going to meet her beloved again, as her memories become more real than life itself!
    Superb write!
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    Valerie Dohren(9/30/2018 8:15:00 AM)

    Thank you for reading and commenting Hazel, so pleased you liked.
    Val

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  • Dee CorpolongoDee Corpolongo (11/1/2012 6:27:00 AM)

    oh! ...this is bringing tears to my eyes. Excellent poem, and the realization that ones work
    here is done, one whose lived their life complete, and is truly ready to peacefully sleep
    and join her loved ones all waiting...I'm so ready, just as it is written! Thank you, Val.
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  • Meena MustafaMeena Mustafa (7/3/2012 9:46:00 PM)

    OMG! reading this poem gave me goose bumps... What a beautiful write. (Report)Reply

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  • Valsa GeorgeValsa George (6/20/2012 6:26:00 AM)

    Oh, what a moving potrait in sober shades! ! Your craftsmanship is un paralleled! Each piece is a poem in itself. I enjoy reading them......continue to pour forth your melody, you Nightingale! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Heather WilsonHeather Wilson (6/5/2012 12:46:00 PM)

    Well that brought a tear to my eye, a wonderful write. (Report)Reply

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  • Simon GowenSimon Gowen (5/15/2012 5:36:00 PM)

    That is a very moving poem. I did genuinely feel that tingling sensation in the corner of my eyes as I read to the end. (Report)Reply

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  • G.R. Gaus (4/3/2012 10:37:00 AM)

    I know of this Old Lady, she has lived a million lives and will continue to live and die a million more, you described her perfectly as I remember..... (Report)Reply

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  • Karen Deeks (3/14/2012 3:46:00 PM)

    Beautifully poignant and laid down with great thought and compassion... My particular favourite section is where she strokes her hair and breast, a reminder of her children and femininity... A gentle finish to a life complete.., thanks for sharing one which caused a tear to loiter (ole softy ain't I!) . Karen (Report)Reply

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  • Liz Bedford (3/12/2012 5:36:00 PM)

    very thought provoking and true words! (Report)Reply

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  • Theresa Janaway (3/11/2012 6:09:00 PM)

    Makes my heart ache for the fleeting years (Report)Reply

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  • Theresa Janaway (3/11/2012 5:59:00 PM)

    How temporary, how fleeting the loves and times we hold so dear (Report)Reply

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (2/18/2012 3:58:00 AM)

    Great stuff. (Report)Reply

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  • Patti Masterman (2/17/2012 3:25:00 PM)

    Nice job on this one, just perfect. (Report)Reply

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  • Dr.subhendu KarDr.subhendu Kar (2/17/2012 9:52:00 AM)

    silvery shadow ruffles by the senescence
    green seems to disown from gloss, poignant write, yet ingenious too,10+++, thanks for sharing
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  • Diane HineDiane Hine (2/17/2012 8:28:00 AM)

    Poignant and touching poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (2/17/2012 5:55:00 AM)

    Hi Valerie Dohren, 'The Old Lady' is a wonderful poem.
    V.K.Kanniappan
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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 17, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, November 19, 2012


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