This is the place where he put pen to paper...
But clung to the wall, the shelves are now bare
All that remains of his words is but vapor
All you can spot is but a dent in his chair
He used to sit here, here he would stare
Years come, years go, an old clock keeping score,
He would scribble his notes, crumple them in despair
Waiting for his savior—but locking that door
That door sealed him off, away from all danger
Except from the depth of the danger within
No one could intrude here, except for the stranger
Who would carry him off to where his end would begin—
The poet, who’d mourned the loss of his mother
Would then, somehow, be reduced to a child
He would crouch at the threshold, and call, call, call her
Knock, knock, knock at that door; no more stifled, but wild
This is the place where he put pen to paper
Till the door opened, creaking on a hinge...
Locked in embrace, perhaps at last he can feel her
No need to cry now, can't feel that twinge
Detail from my oil painting, My Father's Armchair. You can barely see down at the far depth, but hiding in the shadows is the entrance door to this place, where I grew up and where my father spent the last twenty four years of his life, alone.
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1.This is place where he (amend ..puts)ReplyDelete
2.The poet, who had mourned the loss of his mother
Was then, somehow, reduced to a child,,,,
Any loss brings great pain
it comes then in chain
mother's loss for child is unbearable
makes him off the world and feet crumble,, nice poem
Thank you Jadia, for your careful reading. However, this is written in past tense, so 'put' is correct.Delete
This poems is about the last year in the life of my father.
Life continues to reveal mysteries to me...beauty, atrocity, beauty, atrocity -to the point that solving them becomes physically futile yet emotionally possible by weaving and re-weaving loss into something new and radically informed. Your response to life, the full reckoning of your creative gifts, always moves me.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, dear Britton! It is a gift, too, to have a soul so open to absorb life.Delete
How you must have loved him, Uvi!ReplyDelete
I sure did... Thank you NiamhReplyDelete