Plant a rose in my backyard;
With colorful petals to cheer me
Let it sprout,
Till petals dance freely serenading me with silent lullabies of comfort
Plant a rose
Let it supplant a better-half plucked from my inner soul.
I have gullies on my cheeks, tears peeled off my skin
War has widowed me, in exchange for freedom
I’m free in my dark world of sorrow
Plant a rose ;
Let it discolor the darkness in my world.
I have grieved with my eyes, ears, toes and jaws
Seas of tears have gone to waste;
Plant a rose;
I will irrigate it with my tears
Till he calls my name again
Plant a rose in my backyard.
(c) Elizabeth Semende – 2016