“One Little Rose”

“One Little Rose”

I would rather have one little rose
from a garden of a friend
than to have the choicest flowers
when my stay on earth must end

I would rather have one pleasant word
in kindness said to me
than flattery when my heart is still
and life has ceased to be

I would rather have a loving smile
from friends I know are TRUE
than tears shed around my casket
when I bid this world adieu

bring all your flowers today
whether pink or white or red
I’d rather have one blossom now
than a basketful when I’m dead….author unknown

The first time I read this poem, I was a little girl. It has made a strong impression on me. In times of great emotion, I often pull out the tattered copy to lament on other times. I’ve made a resolution to recall only times of elation, thanksgiving, and peace.

I dedicate this to all my friends and future friends struggling right now. You may not be able to control the ‘weight of your load. You can only control the strength of your back.’

Be strong! Live for today, and never look back except on times of happiness, thanksgiving, or peace.

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