She longed for the halcyon days
When he would drape her in love
When the sun would smile on them
Kissing their skin
When the birds would sing their song
and the flowers dance
When they would find shade
under the Royal Poinciana
and watch the parade
of soldiers marching
She longed for the halcyon days
before he left her
alone and bereft
When she thought she could
cry no more tears
When her heart became empty
Fragile and brittle as bone
A woman broken
From the loss of someone
Taken from this life too soon
She longed for the halcyon days
Before the war
The one nobody understood 
Why they were even there
So long ago now
But time did not heal her wounds
She still ached for him
and what might have been
A life lost forever 
A love that still endures

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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  16 comments for “When

  1. December 19, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Oh! The longing is so palpable. Beautifully done Christine. 🙂💞

    • Christine Bolton
      December 19, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Thank you Punam. It reminded me of my mother’s life

      • December 19, 2018 at 10:02 am

        You are welcome. You are such a loving daughter. ❤️

      • Christine Bolton
        December 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm

        Sadly she’s been gone for more than twenty years 😢

      • December 19, 2018 at 8:27 pm

        I know how you feel. You had written such a lovely tribute to her sometime ago. ❤️

      • Christine Bolton
        December 19, 2018 at 8:56 pm

        Thank you for remembering my dear friend ❤️

      • December 19, 2018 at 9:41 pm


  2. December 18, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Oh, how wonderful this is! Such a great poem of love, longing and yearning!!
    Bellissimo, Christine, Bellissimo!!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 18, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      You are too kind 🙂💕 Thank you so much

      • December 26, 2018 at 1:10 pm

        Praise “when” praise is due??

  3. December 18, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Beautiful. It does have a traditional feel about it, which adds to its charm.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 18, 2018 at 7:45 am

      Thanks Kristian!

  4. December 17, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    A lovely poem. Love the nostalgic feel of the poem

    • Christine Bolton
      December 17, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you Sadje 🙂

      • December 17, 2018 at 10:34 pm


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