January 31, 2016 at 12:25 pm
Poem, A (18+)
Tragedy | General/Other | General/Other
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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
...dedicated to the memory of Dr Elizabeth Haubold
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