The Maiden Rover

Originally written in 1998 & posted and re-written ~ July 18. 2011


. . .

Four generations stood

that cold February morning

 and heard the feet who brought the grey coffin 

crush the cold, crisp snow.


Four generations watched

as muscles taught

let the ropes gently slide and ease the box

of memories so precious into natures night.


I cannot say that all wept

or even that those who wept tasted salt

as their tears ran freely

but I saw a wonder as a flock

of blackened crows passed that morning.


I saw a jackdaw so frisky, its call distinct,

its nape cold grey as the sinking casket.

I wondered if those birds understood

the moment that was passing.


“Death comes to us all”,

I heard a neighbour speaking,

‘and after this the judgement’

I heard my thoughts collide.


Will we remember as fondly

 the days of summer love,

the glad surprise, the glint in her eyes

or will we dulled and angry

say goodnight for ever to the maiden rover? 


  ~  ~  ~


The land that is England seems drawn,

she has long lost her smile

and tasted of a poisoned phial,

has she so little more to say?

– goodbye maiden fair.

I’ll love thee always … always. 


.. . ..



Roma Joan ~ a maiden rover

.. .. .. .. ..





This piece was originally written in 1998, it was re-written and re-posted – 18.07.2012 as a memorial to my dear mother – Roma Joan Dove/Eede/Thacker who died on the same date in 2007 and it is re-posted again today (25.11.2019) as part of a Retrospective ~ Roma Joan was a free spirit, a globetrotter, who loved to travel and discover new places. A maiden rover, a maiden fair, who we will love always ~ who I will always love …

edenbray – 18.07.1998 – ( abridged – 18.07.2012 ; abridged – 25.11.2019 )


#PROG-PROSE ~ Progressive Poetry – part of an #Edenbray retrospective – Re-posted today for a new generation

About edenbray

I'm a writer ... I write .. . I’m not sure why I ever stopped, was it 9/11? .. . edenbray is born ugly, wet and covered in blood, mucous and bodily functions ~ the effluence of my short life .. . I am a Writer and Artist since 1966 - I'm an avid Blogger ~ I write lots of poems, written essays, articles, reviews, opinion + comment .. . I have had many poems selected for Anthologies of verse and recently have published many of my poems in 24+ themed booklets ... please ask for details - join the shebang by leaving me a marker with a 'like' or a comment for my ego and encouragement and thanks for listening - I really value your interest ~ edenbray
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