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


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

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

  3. what a creative craft.

    join poets rally today.
    we love your talent.

  4. Very nice.

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

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

  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.

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

  8. This is so touching and the ambiance is stunning

  9. Very heartfelt.

    Thanks for sharing.

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

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

  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...

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

  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.

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

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


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