APED – Prompt 13: Love Was Strong and Meant to Last


This poem was written for A Prompt Each Day, a daily dose of inspiration.  For today’s prompt – we were given a list of 10 words to inspire our writing (we only have to use three).  I was able to capture eight of them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it.





It was a tale of long ago

when love was strong and meant to last

a woman stood – yet brave and strong

her pulse had quickened – beating fast.


Honor etched upon her face

and quickness still found in her feet

she hid her fears and left her longing

she knew that death she could not cheat.


Long ago, heart wrapped in his

and vows – together – they did make

she promised she would follow him

even when life he did forsake.


On pyre his body, gently raised

his once strong form now void of life

more humble after years of glory

she felt honored to be his wife.


She found that life was one short journey

but one she felt she traveled well

with her husband, she felt alive

in Paradise, she hoped they’d dwell.


She climbed the pyre with hesitation

and looked in the distance – out to sea

where boats she saw in the hundreds

“My dear, they’ve come to honor thee.”


As water lapped upon the shore

the pyre gently pushed out to sea

lanterns lit on boats to guide them

and all observed their pageantry.


His name – someday – none shall remember

but all will know her love was true

solidly she stood to face tomorrow

as flames of fire toward her flew.


(C) S. J. 2015



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