The Path

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

In response to dVerse Poets Pub
Prosery Prompt Piece 144 Words
to include – “I’d like, too, to plant the sweet alyssum that smells like honey and peace.”

Oakwood Cemetery


Walking the long winding path to the plot where my father lay. We stood hand in hand gazing
down at the flattened mound covered in soft green grass.

The breeze gentle, the sun warm but not hot
on our necks bent in reverence. The double tombstone bore his name, birth and death date.

The other side of the massive granite monolith was engraved with mother’s name and birthdate. The script upon the gleaming white stone sat in
silence awaiting the date of her death.

“Soon I will be laying here beside my love. I’d like, too, to plant the sweet alyssum that smells like honey and peace here above us.” We planted that very day.

I walk alone along the winding paths of the vast cemetery. A breeze lifts the hair from my neck, delivering the scent of sweet alyssum blossoms to my nose.

18 Comments

    1. Michael, you are a blessing! 🙏

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  1. Thanks as well, Gypsie! Enjoy your day! xx Michael

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  2. Sadje says:

    Beautiful and heartfelt poem!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome

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  3. Nope, Not Pam says:

    How beautiful 😊

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    1. Thank you so much Deb!
      ☺️

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  4. rothpoetry says:

    A beautiful story, Ami. Flowers do help to ease the pain of loss!

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    1. Ease of pain, introduction of love, forgive me please and farewell – flowers convey it all! 🥀🥀🥀

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  5. Nitin Lalit says:

    Beautiful and touching. I loved this lyrical poem.

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    1. Thank you most kindly Nitin Lalit. 😊

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  6. sanaarizvi says:

    This is beautifully composed, Gypsie. A small request though, the prompt asks for prose. Would you be kind enough to change it? (You don’t need to link again but please redo)

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  7. sanaarizvi says:

    PS: Just re-arrange the lines in prose form. Thank you 💘

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  8. msjadeli says:

    Loving take on the prompt line, Gypsie.

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    1. Thank you so much my friend! ❤️

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome 🙂

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