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Photo Credit:

Mel Schockner



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The pictures and poetry in this sight are protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America.  The pictures and poetry may not be copied or reprinted for commercial gain or profit.  Short quotations or occasional page copying for personal or group study is permitted and encouraged.  Permission will be granted upon request.

West Texas Juniper - 1986

photo by Mel Schockner


God's Withered Rose


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I�m not a rose so withered

my heart can no more ache;

nor have I ceased to will to give

though it�s now my lot to take.


For time has done its number

on my old and dying shell,

but still inside this framework

is a person. Can�t you tell?


A person who once laughed and played

in the sunshine of my youth,

loved and had a family,

raised them in the Truth.


The joys I shared in friendships,

the sorrows shared in loss,

I still desire to share again,

though that avenue seems lost.


I�m imprisoned - could you visit me?

Just let me know you see

that despite my feeble,  dying frame,

it's still worthwhile to know me.






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