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When Love Dies

Updated on March 26, 2014

He was living in a void

From which there seemed no end

His mind filled with her

The moment she left his life

He felt dreadful emptiness

Even the canvas

Remained empty

There was nothing to inspire

Just a love that had died

And a heart that no longer sang

But art was in his veins

And it was his bread and butter

So he sat there poised

Brush in hand

And then he remembered

Her smile and her glance

And the canvas seemed to fill

With a power all its own

There were rainbows

And her bright smile

As time passed

Many canvases were filled

She inspired so many things

From flowers to nature

To the rising and setting sun

Each had a bit of her

Just like his heart

That possessed all of her

He lived for the moments

He spent painting

They were the moments

That he was with her

There was nothing to forgive

Nothing to regret

They had just been two people

Whose ships passed in the night

The moments they gathered

Were filled with joy

But somewhere love had died

At least for her

When he realized it was hopeless

He let her go

And it was then

That his heart stopped beating

On canvas she lived for him

And loved him still

It was what kept him going

From day to day

Passing a gallery

She froze

There was her smile

So very familiar

Painted with loving hands

That had once held her

Her heart skipped a beat

And she wondered

How a man could hold

So much love in his heart

It was only after

She had seen all the paintings

That the tears came

Perhaps his heart

Held enough love

For the both of them

Perhaps with time

She too would learn to love

Heading for the gallery opening

With so much anticipation

With so much regret

And yes, a bit of dread

But his heart had already told him

That all of the pain was over

It had stopped aching that morning

And when she entered through the door

He stepped forward and took her in his arms

Both hearts had found one home

© 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee

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      Cherylann Mollan 3 years ago from India

      So touching. Selfless romantic love is so difficult, sometimes I almost think it's a myth. There's always the fear of giving, surrendering everything, and then getting hurt. But, it is something to strive for, to try to feel. The soppy romantic in me really liked the happy ending. :)

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      So romantic Rasma, your words are a delight. Your theme so very nice, your ending so right. Your work just gets better.

      Graham.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You tell a story so well in rhyme. I loved it and Martie Robbins was great too. Thank you....

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      It had stopped aching that morning

      And when she entered through the door

      He stepped forward and took her in his arms

      Both hearts had found one home

      Oh so tender and precious.

      Voting up and sharing onto my Facebook pages.

      Eddy.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Love can really be a battle of the heart Cherylann.

      Thank you Graham and glad you enjoyed this.

      Martie was always good for inspiration Ruby. Glad you enjoyed this.

      Glad you enjoyed this Eddy. Thanks for the vote and share. Hugs.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lovely poem with a happy, romantic ending.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed this Blossom.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love the stories your poems tell...and this one is so very special. :-)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed this Genna. Hope you have a great weekend.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      How I love a happy ending. Thanks for sharing.

      Kim

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed this Kim. Happy endings are the best.

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