Oh Dying Lily


Oh, Lily

in the valley

of despair,

the devil’s lair,

thou seemeth to be shy

with your glossy, glassy tears.

One day we all must die

and we all have fulsome fears

of dying.

It is not

for lack of trying

 your life to live;

it is not from sins of lying

or reluctance to give.

You lived your life purely,

always kneeling demurely,

and though your petals turn to crepe

your form still has a humble drape,

still praising He who made you

in your last living days

and inspiring us to follow suit

in your reverent ways.

21 responses

  1. lovely, lyrical, touching, thoughtful – you are a poet indeed


    June 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    • Oh, dear Paul, coming from YOU those words mean so much! Sorry I am a bit behind in my reading– hard to keep up with you! Thank you, Ellen


      June 8, 2013 at 8:31 PM

  2. Larry

    Excellent! Purely, demurely, crepe, drape . Loved those lines especially. They really got to me. Thanks for sharing.


    June 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    • Thank you so very much, Larry. Glad you liked those lines. Have yet to see your work… Best, Ellen


      June 8, 2013 at 8:28 PM

  3. Oh this is SO lovely, Ellen–perfection!


    June 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    • Glad you liked it. Thank you so very much and God bless you. xx ellen


      June 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM

  4. Beautiful!! Truly beautiful!!


    June 8, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    • Thank you very much, Kathy. Very glad you seem more at peace. xx ellen


      June 8, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      • Thank you, Ellen!! I truly am!! 😀

        And thank you for your prayers, friendship, love and concern!!


        June 8, 2013 at 10:58 PM

  5. Ellen
    That is so musically beautiful. What talent that took.


    June 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM

  6. My favorite flower of all time, how I wish it could/would grow here in Florida~


    June 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    • One of my favorites, too. Thank you for following my blog– I am following yours– got hooked.


      June 17, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      • Mine is not pretty like yours is, and it is so hard to read sometimes I just make myself sad.


        June 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      • You have beautiful, IMPORTANT posts! I didn’t find it hard to read at all. You are way too hard on yourself!


        June 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

  7. So many animals need help and there are just not enough people who care.
    Or they care, but just not enough to get involved.
    Thank you for your caring and support, I/they need it so much~


    June 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    • I know. I am fairly limited to online activism and my blog writing. But I admire those like you who are more proactive. I have heard of you before I think. Yes, I totally support you and what you do.


      June 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      • I have only been on WP for just 3 months, but my web site:
        www. has been online since 2008.
        Your work experience is interesting to me, I was a Treatment Nurse in a Rehab/Psych Center in California.


        June 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      • Your website is just GREAT! I am going to refer my husband to it. He’ll love it, too. But seems to me I heard of Gator woman on TV–might be wrong on that. You have an interesting background. My experience is not just from work– I am Bipolar and have Asperger’s. My husband has Asperger’s, too, and works as a clinical social worker. How did you go from Treatment Nurse to Gator Woman?


        June 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

  8. Thank you for your kind words.
    We retired to Florida in 2004 and the website then the Blogs and all that followed were a result of our love of our beautiful surroundings~


    June 18, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    • Yes, the same thing sort of happened to us although my husband is not retired yet. We bought a little barn upstate New York and fell in love with the place and the animal love/rights thing was sparked by our dog, Ko-ko, who unfortunately is no longer with us.


      June 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      • So sorry for your loss of your baby.
        We both treasure our Breanna.
        I was from California and he is from Ct., both are beautiful places.
        But we are both better off down here.


        June 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM

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