Hope Like Crimson Roses

Broken bits of autumn leaves
Press into the ground
As we stand huddled against the chill.

“I’m mad at God today.”

Single file
Eight men assemble
In solemn rows
To lift the cherry box

And I wrap my arms around
My youngest daughter,
Shielding her body from cold,
But not her heart from


Words slip into the wind,
Brilliant bits of hope rising
Like crimson roses
On this heavy gray day

“He heals the brokenhearted and
Binds up their wounds.”


“Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of one of his saints.”

We weep.
He dances.
We imagine.
He knows.

“Hope,” he always said,
“Is all we’ve got.”

And it rises with the dawn.

*I am offering this poem and some of these photos for the challenges: Look Up and From My Back through The High Calling and TS Poetry Press.



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10 responses to “Hope Like Crimson Roses

  1. “words…like crimson roses…hope” what a stunning marriage of the stark and the vibrant.


  2. Beautiful and poignant, Cindee. Thank you for this.


  3. susie snider

    This poem will help others, too bad we did not have it 10 years ago. It still helps today.


  4. Beautiful, Cindee. Can’t think of a thing to add, except, it touched me. Words and photos.


  5. wonderful words
    lifted by the wind


  6. He is always more than enough! Not sure if your poetry or photography is more beautiful Cindee, Love them both!!


  7. This is heavy
    but heavy
    with hope

    (Thank you)


  8. We weep. He dances. We imagine. He knows.

    Oh, Cindee. Cindee. We have crimson hope because of a crimson cross.

    These photos are exquisite.


  9. Wonderful photos to lend even more weight to the words and pause us in the reading. Your last photo of the rising sun is so perfect for the looking up theme.


  10. Lynn Mosher

    So touching, Cindee. I’m so sorry for your loss. May the Lord bless you with His peace and comfort.


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