Sharing Stories




Gazing at a rose—thinking of you

Young bud ready to bloom

Introduction, heart-to-heart

Mysterious Irish eyes watched

Long red hair aflame—curious spirits

“I do” warmed cold winter day


Spring egg, marital chemistry mixed

Nine-month safe swim—a sea of love

Surprise bloom opens red, red, rose

Mystic cosmic journey—anchored roots

Awakening memories return

World traveled ancestors


Tending summer garden

Stylish ruffled swimsuit

Bottom-up, pulling weeds

Dad joked, “There’s a big rose”

Painted rose on cabin-cruiser dreams

Mom’s nickname written bow and aft


Saltwater rippled wake spread

Timeless trail—Dad’s early end

Shredded by painful thorns of living

Wrapped secure in Motherly arms

Clock’s hand held still, slow tic-toc-tic

Big Rose afloat, misty ageless ghost


Passed, winged angel—migratory shift

Rose petal image, recycle praise

Moon phases—change dark to light

Mirrored time, we will sail a voyage

Wherever you are

Dad, “Big Rose,” and me

April Ryan is a local poet and writer who generously shares her creative works with Northwest Prime Time in the paper version and here, in Sharing Stories.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

SHARING STORIES is featured on www.northwestprimetime.com, the website for Northwest Prime Time, a monthly publication for baby boomers, seniors, retirees, and those contemplating retirement. The newspaper can be found in the greater Seattle area and other Puget Sound locations. For more information, call 206-824-8600 or visit www.northwestprimetime.com. To find other SHARING STORIES articles on this website type "sharing stories" in the search function above.

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