Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Magpie #34. The Light Within, October 5, 2010

Magpie #34, The Light Within, October 5, 2010

The cabin seemed so very small,
High on the mountain slopes,
Yet it held a growing family,
Filled with dreams and hopes.

The mother woke at dawn's first light,
And sent them on their way,
With a breakfast that would last them,
Through their very long school day.

In the solitude, she tidied up,
Mended clothes and swept the floors,
Pulled weeds out of the garden,
And finished up some other chores.

She went down to her husband's grave,
And lay sweet roses there,
And, once again, asked the Lord,
How his death was really fair.

He'd always been the kindest man,
Who helped all those in need,
And thus he went one rainy night,
To do a neighborly deed.

His horse slipped on the footpath,
On the rainsoaked mountain trail,
And all efforts made to save his life,
Were to no avail.

With the oil lamp lit, she waited,
All the long night through,
While the children slept, oblivious,
Her terror slowly grew.

The preacher came before the dawn,
And saw the soft light glow inside,
And broke the news to this dear lass,
That her beloved husband died.

Carmen Henesy

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I am participating in Willow's Magpie Tales.


  1. amazing! greatly written! (:

  2. Oh how sad is this... but alas, life takes us through the days, sometimes only to long for what once was...

    Nice magpie.

  3. Such a sad tale of a good man doing what came naturally to him.

    Excellent magpie.

  4. Beautifully written ....

  5. Carment this is such a beautiful poem...i love the flow rhyme and message...truly lovely!

  6. Wow! So well written.
    Great pic too.

  7. Lovely, bittersweet tale, Carmen.

  8. Heartbreaking but somehow reassuring.
    When I was a teenager, we lived on a hillside without electricity or running water for several months, and I remember how to use and clean an oil lantern.

    Kay, Alberta

  9. Hi Carmen! Too sad for a day like today... :-(

    Blogtrotter Two just left Sardinia 2009, but it couldn’t make it without showing you the incredible Porto Cervo and its yachts... Enjoy and have a great week!

  10. what a sad sad tale, but an excellent magpie!

  11. That was beautiful. I could imagine so much with so little words.

  12. Well, that's a sad story right after your birthday.

  13. Carmen, I think that you are growing as a writer, this is much deeper a writing, from you! :)

    Although, it IS very sad... :(

    Funny how a writer can look at 1 picture and conclude a whole entire story from it, eh?? :)


  14. Sad but touching..

  15. Well expressed. I like the hidden messages. At least I read between the lines, or wanted to read between the lines. I like the set-up as well. Lovely.