Monday, March 31, 2014

A Single Red Rose for The POET

A Single Red Rose...

This day has brought its own perfection and I in the JOY of its offerings. As I was leaving my home to go to the Spring Valley High School, Spring Valley, NY, the sun was brilliant in a clear blue sky. I was to be received with honor as Poet Laureate, Orangetown, NY in recognition of Women's History Month. The program presented readings by faculty members of woman poets who have touched the lives of many through their ennobled words. 

I had the pleasure of reading two of my original poems, one written specifically for this occasion. The student reception did indeed gladden both heart and spirit. Such beautiful young souls in search, in exploration, in loving appreciation and expressed gratitude.

Post my reading and response to the questions posed, I was given a single red rose.  How beautifully symbolic ...

Women's History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. As Poet Laureate. Orangetown, New York, I am honored to Celebrate Woman Poets with a poetic dialogue befitting this occasion.


she awakens to the light
to the dawning of the day new
she hears the song bird song
feels the warmth of the sun
listens to the sounding wind
hears the echoes of loss and lament
feels the pain of despondency and despair
yet deeply she knows all is in resolve
for ever held she be in God's care
many a trial and many a challenge at hand
FAITH and TRUST be her guiding command
beyond a momentary confusion is the clarity of grace
this in resounding accord in heart she does place
the mission, the quest, this pulsing of heart
from love it be known, from love shan't it depart
the Passion ~ the Omnipresence ~ the Eternal ~ the Truth
this be her way
she the POET in blessings LIVES her day
a word by pen, its calling perceived
this the MUSE in soul conceived
upon the paper marks to bear her name
and she the POET expresses her claim
and she the POET expresses her claim.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York


  1. Rose Marie,
    I do so love your poem and
    the single red rose was so perfect for you, dear poet.

    1. This is the first day of April, National Poetry Month... YOU in celebration with each breath, each word shared in the name of heartfelt expression. Much much love on to you dear Margie.