Reflections of Edelweiss

One of my late husband Bill’s favorite shows was The Sound of Music. When we first met in 2002, he was living in Fowler, Colorado, and I here in Sheridan, Wyoming. One of the many cassette tapes he sent me in the three years of our long distance relationship before we were married was a recording of the Broadway production. The following poem was inspired by a song from this musical. Click this link to hear me read the poem and sing the song.




A flower that grows in the Swiss Alps,

a promise of dedication never given to me

but he showed his love in other ways:

his voice, kiss, touch.

Dedicated through pain, sorrow, paralysis,

all I have now are memories of Edelweiss.


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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

4 thoughts on “Reflections of Edelweiss”

  1. Hi, Abbie–What an impressive reading of your “Edelweiss” poem! Also, I really enjoyed your singing of one of my favorite songs of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Thanks for sharing this special and touching poem. Have a good weekend–Alice


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