Down there in our beautiful park
I see that orchid plant you loved,
I feel the night closing in dark
As I see the last orchid you touched.
The white little thing with gold strokes,
The happy flower is now dying.
And the cold wind on us mocks,
For you too with the orchid are leaving.
And I know I’ll be all alone
Without you to face this world.
As the other orchids moan
You lie on our bed, weak and curled.
I’ll have to endure this scorching sun,
I’ll have to face the ugly scenes.
The world has lost all colour but one:
Gray; I see as the orchid leans.
All those happy memories of us
Are becoming my haunted nightmares.
Oh! Without you life would be a curse,
And Holy Spirits choose to ignore my prayers.
As the last trace of Autumn leaves
And like a slouching Grim approaches Fall,
The dying flower and the falling leaves
Of my grievous heart make shadows tall.
Oh! Will you never walk this place?
This home of dreams will be dark
And I will be here remembering your embrace
Of the days when I sang like a happy lark.
Do you remember last autumn wind?
So green it never had been.
T’was then you planted that orchid
Like you now it’s dry and thin.
Our beautiful happy days together
(No more! Oh never more!)
With passing time they became lesser
Leaving me with my memories sore.
Oh black Death! Take me away
With my love or be cursed.
To you my sad heart does pray
In breaking which you are well-versed.
Why this disease and what for the ignorance?
What joy with your scientific nonsense?
All my prayers and your medicines
Fail, fail, fail! Against death; dark and dense.
Will I ever forgive and forget
What these mighty forces have done?
Will I ever let go the grudge ‘gainst the Great
He who snatched away my love, my only One?
Oh! But you live, you live today
And as I sit (praying!) holding you,
Your face so pale and morbid grey
You look like beautiful, morning dew.
And you still smile that smile
Which does things to me
And I can’t help but smile
With my heart swelling in me.
Oh my love! Then you say
Your message of my loneliness,
I kiss you goodbye at the end of day
And the orchid falls voiceless.