William Bridge





Her grave lay under the rosebush.
We planted her first
and by her parents’ hands
the rosebush followed shortly after.

Rather than heavy black straps
we used umbilical white ribbon
to lower her into
the three foot grave.

We left the ribbon in the earth
along with early spring daffodils,
scattered purple petals
and a solitary red rose.

The small wooden cross
became the arrow pointing
into the earth,
to their fourteen month loss.



William Bridge has worked as a Funeral Director for many years and is now based in the South West. When not working or writing poetry he enjoys real ale.

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