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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Year(s) (01/20/11)

TITLE: Zinnia
By Benjamin Graber
01/22/11


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Would I have changed how I had lived
If only I had known
Our love was like a zinnia
With just a year to glow?

Would I have been more careful watering,
That I might feed the bloom,
To make her all the prettier
Before she met her doom?

Would I have gazed with more delight
Upon her gorgeous face,
To relish all her beauty
And savor every taste?

Would I have danced among her fragrance
Abandoned to her bliss,
Awakened to the joy Godís given
Beyond my greatest wish?

Would I have counted every petal
And thanked God for each one,
To make the most of every treasure
Whatever else may come?

Would I have changed how I had lived
If the future was disclosed?
Will I embrace the zinnia
When I longed for a rose?

If I just have a year to love,
May I accept the gift,
And cherish every moment
Before our paths have split.


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Amy Michelle Wiley 01/28/11
Wow, I read such history between the lines of this poem. Whether you experienced loss too soon yourself or just saw others who did, you expressed it very well. May we all cherish what time we have, never knowing how long it will last.
Brenda Rice 01/28/11
Your poem is full of unaswered questions, just like life. I enjoyed reading it very much. Knowing all the answers could make life more painful that joyful. Thanks for sharing.
Henry Clemmons02/03/11
I cannot believe this piece did not garner more attention. I really liked it, Ben. You're an outstanding poet and I always enjoy reading what you enter each week.