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A Poem by bickerstaffe

Author: bickerstaffe
Created: January 31, 2016 at 12:25 pm
Upload Type: Poem, A (18+)  
Category: Tragedy | General/Other | General/Other
Upload Stats: 1 comments and 176 views

A Momentary Lapse

Her house was just a shell, a burnt-out ruin... 

standing apart, the other houses still intact 
with painted jalousies and window curtains. 
She must have fallen asleep, the cigarette 
still dangling from her arthritic fingers; 
I never saw her without one. 

She told me of her life in Poland during the war, 
but not her suffering, she never spoke of that. 
She smiled wanly as she showed me old photos 
of family and friends taken on holiday when 
she was younger, long before the ravages of war. 

TV was her constant companion along with 
her nurse and her beloved Pekingese, 
always sitting on her bed. We'd talk for hours. 
She was always interested in my schoolwork, 
and why didn't I have a girlfriend? 

Now she lay in hospital small and silent; 
there was nothing I could do but hope and pray. 
When they drew the sheet up over her I felt an 
emptiness, but no tears came. Fourteen years old, 
my first death up close. I remained numb for
a few days until the realization finally hit me.
It was then that I cried...

Her house was just a shell... a burnt out ruin.  

© bickerstaffe - all rights reserved

Author Notes

...dedicated to the memory of Dr Elizabeth Haubold

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Comments & Reviews ( X 1)

March 20, 2016
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Tragic events indelibly etched at a young age always hit home the hardest and stay with us longest, don't they.
I have to confess the prosey style you favor isn't my personal favorite, but it certainly works well here and in any case what matters most is, I did enjoy the read.
Best ~ Abra

Thanks for your most insightful review...  I am most grateful.  Best wishes, Keith

 bickerstaffe replied on March 20, 2016


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