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A ring of roses

Wind whistles in the chimney

There's snow upon the fen

Santa's zooming skywards

It's Christmas time again


But in the village far below

A teardrop will not mend

A love that lasted 40 years

Is coming to an end


A roundabout of laughter

Of sons and daughters fair

Now standing in the graveyard

To say a final prayer


She brought them into being

She taught them best she could

Her husband lifts the coffin

His eyes filled up with love


A ring of roses round the grave

The lord's prayer on their lips

A petal hardly makes a sound

When it strikes a coffin lid


We'll never know the reason

Why life should be so short

But in the next world pray we meet

The loved ones we have lost

God bless

©Joseph G Dawson


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