Love and Lilies

May 29, 20171 min read

I originally wrote this poem for the MayFalls Poetry Challenge: Love and Lilies. After I finished, I quickly fell in love with it, and it’s easily become one of the best and favorites poems that I’ve ever written. Poetry, I believe, is meant to be interpreted differently for each person. Individual characters and individual stories should be created for each reader. If I were to interpret this myself, though, I’d say that this is the story of a young couple that got into a fight one night and woke up to snow.

i remember

late last december

your bright laugh woke me from my slumber.

despite the weather

you ran out in pleasure

a part of me wished we could’ve ran out together.

despite the noise, not one dissenter

could bear to stop your happy ember.

and even though the fight, one we wouldn’t concenter

i knew deep down you were no pretender.


you came back in, a careless feather

arms held out, in them a wordless letter.

your voice wavered, your eyes a chamber,

“please,” you said, “don’t return to sender.”


a snow-covered purple lily.

to you, a surrender.

to me, a treasure.

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Jalen M. Brown

Jalen is a 16-year-old African-American Writer, Wannabe-YouTuber, and Social Activist from Atlanta, Georgia. His likes include eating, sleeping, and complaining; for him, that's the holy trinity. His dislikes range from a variety of things, from Donald J. Trump to mayonnaise — and math, but that's a given. A dreamer at heart, Jalen has a plethora of career goals, but his main goal is to move to New York City after high-school and maintain a fulfilling career in creative writing.

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