A/N: It's like a short story/poem thing I guess.... I'm not sure. I couldn't sleep so I ended up writing this. Make what you want of it, I think the meaning is pretty clear.


Pink Carnation

The sun comes up

A windswept cherry on the horizon

The light spreads across the land

Revealing a young maiden with a familiar face

Relaxing on a simple, wooden swinging bench

She clutches a carnation

As pink as the sky with the rising sun

And she watches the bend in the dirt road

With green eyes set by determination

-

A soft snowflake galloped around the bend

A man on a gallant ashen steed

His hair was dark, and his skin was smooth

The girl rose from her rocking seat

To greet him with a smile

-

"Sir," she said, "You are my prince.

For my Godmother had told me that one day

A man would amble around the bend

He will have eyes that shine like stars,

As yours do, Sir. We are meant for each other."

She bowed low to him

-

"Lady," he replied, "My eyes may shine like stars,

And I may be your prince indeed, but that matters not.

You see, I have a princess back home

Tomorrow we are to be wed, and I am to rule a kingdom.

She will provide me land and luxury.

What is there to be had with you?"

-

The maiden frowned deeply

For she had no land, and she had no brass

"I cannot give to you fortune, Sir," she sighed,

"But I can give you my carnation.

If you nurture it, and ravish it daily

It will grow, and it shall flourish,

And on that day I can promise you

Our love will have prospered, too."

-

The man laughed. "You are too hopeful.

For in this world you cannot rely on carnations,

And you cannot barter with love.

I am off, so best of luck, My Lady.

Perhaps one day your bloom will be accepted."

-

As he rode into the rising sun

A pink petal drooped and fell to the ground

Where it joined the many wilted petals already there

The maiden wondered then if she

Would even have a carnation left to offer

To her true prince

-

But she sat back down on her swinging chair

Teary eyes set by determination

She watched the bend in the road