Monday, June 13, 2011

Grandfather’s Workshop


Photo shared by Rob Hanson, photographer

Windows are opaque and cloudy,
they match the world outside today.
Here to clean and inventory;
I share their mood, so dark and gray.

Decades worth of junk and clutter
fill this old and dusty shed--
shelves stuffed full of things collected;
phones still hang there, long since dead.

Up against the dirty window
sits a long forgotten bill;
what was once an oft-used number
is scratched down on the windowsill.

Several wrinkled, well-worn postcards
decorate the rough-hewn walls…
All the places never gone to--
work was where his duty called.

If I listen, still can hear him…
perhaps it’s just a bird outside.
Wish somehow that phone could reach him,
and I could say one last goodbye.

© Copyright Ginny Brannan June 2011
My take on the photo image provided by Rob Hanson at One Stop Poetry.

Shared at Thursday Poet's Rally #46 6/16 - 6/22/2011



From the inside-out,
the inner poet escapes
needing to express

Humbly accepting the Perfect Poet Award Week #47, for my entry Week #46!
Nominating Martin at KalahariBlues blogspot for Week #47

19 comments:

  1. Very touching ending. Smooth flow throughout. Nicely done, Ginny

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  2. I like this very much. A word picture, quick portarit leading the subject to an emotional reaction to the memories being touched.

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  3. what a creative craft.
    smiles.


    join poets rally today.
    we love your talent.
    xoxox

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  4. Very nice.

    The poignancy of the moment is conveyed strongly without being cloying.

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  5. Lovely!
    I just wrote a piece myself about the 'Long Goodbye'
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  6. Very poignant poem. Reminds me of when we cleared out my Grandparents' home when they had both passed away. It stilled my heart.
    The Lonely Recluse.

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  7. A really surprising, moving poem...I love how you change focus

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  8. This is so touching and the ambiance is stunning

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  9. Very heartfelt.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Sharp, clear, touching, moving. Great job on the poem!

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  11. Excellent poem. Loved the imagery, the conclusion is touching and nicely done.

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  12. Touching and sentimental. Great imagery too. It's hard to forget about someone close that has passed away, but it's inevitable in life... Pick up the phone! Maybe you'll hear him...

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  13. wonderfully written moving poem. I believe he can hear you :)

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  14. That was sweet, Ginny, and read at the perfect time, too! I instantly thought of my late father and his beloved shed and tomorrow is Father's Day in Britain.

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  15. lovely!!!!! you deserved the award

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  16. Wonderful piece! Makes me really, really miss my grandparents! Congratulations on the award! Well deserved!

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