A Faded Rose from Days Gone By

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

I remember her clearly, the oversized suitcase, the faded rose on her jacket.

Later, at the diner, I asked a local about her.

For at least 30 years she had gone down to the bus station daily and waited for her lover to come take her away.

Funny thing was that the dark-haired stranger had jilted her long before, back in the 1950s.  She had waited patiently for him until she was 41 and began the crazy ritual.

I saw her the next day, the spring beauty just beneath the snowy old surface.

I wonder if she is still waiting?

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Some of you (if you are old enough) may recognize this as coming from the song Delta Dawn (or try this if you like Tanya better than Helen), only I set it 30 years later, say 2003, when poor Dawn is in her 70s, not her 40s (the song says 41).

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Word count = 100

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62 thoughts on “A Faded Rose from Days Gone By

        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I don’t listen to Classic Rock stations often, and when I do listen to the music of the 60s and 70s, it is usually a lot more on the rock side of things, though I’m a huge fan of the fusion of the 70s. So, no, not much gospel influence…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a song that is deeply ingrained in me, and I have brought it up (in my head) before, but I don’t think I have heard it since I was a kid – it is a great song, and, I agree, Helen Reddy’s version is the best.

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  1. Dale

    Upon reading the title, the song popped in my head and remained during the whole reading. Love this one. And love this story though I will never understand waiting for so long…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Poor Dawn, I have no idea why she didn’t forget that jerk… It is such a catchy tune and figured a few would get it from the title alone – it was the first thing I thought of when I saw your photo. Thanks!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The song was hugely popular for a time here in the States when I was a little kid – 3 singers in different genre released it within weeks of each other, so it was on every radio station. Tragic love is a universal theme.

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