“The Roses” was a poem that I wrote back in August of 1990. Without getting into details, my wife did something to completely break my heart. And although it was a very rough patch that we went through in our marriage, it was something that I had also done to her before as well. My wife was so deeply hurt by what she had done to me, that I decided to send her some roses to let her know that I forgave her and loved her just the same. I placed this poem in the envelope that was attached to the roses.
The roses here, I send to you
although my love, my heart is blue.
For you are special, in every way
and I love you more than words can say.
You stole my heart, it’s plain to see
but broke my spirit, and set it free.
And although I cry, and call His name
the Lord’s advice remains the same.
Our years of love, I proudly say
mean much too much, to throw away.
So again I lay, my heart to rest
with that special love, that warms it best.
I know you’ve felt, this burning pain
because to you my love, I’ve done the same.
So allow me to ask, for forgiveness too
through “The Roses,” I send to you.
By Dale Coolbaugh