Don’t Scatter Roses

Vic Starcy

Where were you
When everybody else turned their backs on her?

Where were you
When all she desired
Was a helping hand?

Where were you when all that could
Get her by was a simple “I care”?

Where were you
When everybody else turned their backs on her?

Where were you
When life gave her lemons
To chew and digest
And you never bothered to help her make lemonade out of it?

Many a times her belly was empty
But you never fed her
When she cried out for help
You try not to reach her.

All those nights she cried herself to sleep
All the tears she waved went with the wind to the sea
Her existence only meant pain for you, right?

All the days she came to church
Praying and hoping
For a “how are you?” from you
Faded into thin air
Did her presence burden you?

Why are you spreading roses on her final bed?
Why are you playing the “hero” you never were when she needed your saving?
Could you not have given her that rose when her life boat was afloat?

Is there need to shower her love today?
Is there need to feed mourners at her funeral today?
Why clad that expensive dress and jewelry on her cold body?

Today she rests in a glittering tomb,
All thanks to you!
Yet you never stretched forth your hand to warm and light her heart,

How can she rest in peace when you never allowed her to swim in it?

If only you were there
On her death bed
You could have heard her say,
“Don’t scatter roses after am gone”