His Absence Engraved In Wood

November 27, 2009
By Kiren Ali BRONZE, Riverdale, Georgia
Kiren Ali BRONZE, Riverdale, Georgia
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Letters scattered on the wobbly,wooden coffee table.

She picks up a letter, crinkled with past tears. His familiar handwriting imprinted in her mind.

Wedding photos are lined up neatly on the wedding dresser. The next frame is a little larger than the previous.

The smiles seeming like a distant memory of happier times.
The smiles, haunting.

On the wooden dining table,
Two plates of warm food are set.
Deep down she knows, that only one will eat tonight.

While They're at War sits on the wooden night table.
Just gathering dust.
It's never been flipped past page one.

On the wall
Hangs an American flag
It hangs with pride
but is a constat reminder that he's not here.

Every knock on the door, tormenting.
Every phone call, disquieting.

She stares outside the wooden, gridden window pane.
Blinking back tears.

Questioning her purpose.
Losing her mind.
Doubting her own thoughts.

Knowing that any second, her world could shatter with the ring of the phone that sits on the wooden table.


The author's comments:
My inspiration definitely came from current events. But I didn't want the traditional point of view. I wanted to do it from the viewpoint of those at home. Obviously, the army men and women are extraordinary and extremely brave, so their courage definitely is something that I am honored to write about.

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on Dec. 14 2009 at 10:25 pm
Kate2325 SILVER, Dalton, Minnesota
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One of my favorite aspects of poetry is finding poems that touch the heart, and yours does an amazing job! It's a reminder that war effects more than just our soldiers, but their families and friends. Your poem has an amazing message!


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