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August 5, 2009
By despurlock DIAMOND, Morgantown, West Virginia
despurlock DIAMOND, Morgantown, West Virginia
79 articles 0 photos 179 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The heart has its reasons which reason does not know." -Pascal, Pensees, 1670

I yearn for pictures
To tell me of my past
And recite the stories
That no one likes to hear.
Those stories,
You know,
That make you cringe
With merely their thought.
The stories of one's
First steps,
Babbled words,
Potty training,
And first haircuts.
Or when they threaten to bring out
The pictures of your bare butt
Lying on a changing table looking up
Curious of a world which is
To one of any age.

I yearn for these pictures,
To hear the stories
In her soft voice as she would relay
Her cravings during pregnancy
And her thoughts before delivery,
Or maybe even that one time when
She found my pink chalk drawing
I hid behind the toy box.

Now her stories are of the chilly winter winds,
Blowing a cocoa-less frost across the loneliness,
Or the pitter-patter of animals scavenging across the
Aged earthen mounds.
Sometimes she even tells of adolescent voices
Both young and old,
And yet still confused and confounded about
That event.
The one end.
The one that brought them to their knees,
And led them to the spot where they kneel now,
Conversing … in tears or strangled voices.

My memories now are of stilled photographs and
Faint hints of her scent,
Old T-shirts,
and popular movies.
And of nights in the kitchen,
Only to settle down to read,
Waking to
Chilled mornings and cold quilts,
With ice cream for breakfast
And chocolate peanut candies for dessert.

These are our stories,
Told by the winter's wind,
And sequeled by the spring's breeze,
That promises to
Play on our memories.

The author's comments:
I hope you have enjoyed reading my work! Please comment and let me know what you think!I love reading your opinions! Thanks so much!

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on Jan. 6 2010 at 5:19 pm
despurlock DIAMOND, Morgantown, West Virginia
79 articles 0 photos 179 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The heart has its reasons which reason does not know." -Pascal, Pensees, 1670

Thank you so much!!!! I commented on one of your poems, great work! You really are very talented!!!

Jaquie BRONZE said...
on Jan. 6 2010 at 4:50 pm
Jaquie BRONZE, West Palm Beach, Florida
3 articles 0 photos 407 comments

Favorite Quote:
This is certainly one of my favorites: "I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes." -2 Samuel 6:22

Wow! This is great! It makes me want to go take out all my old picture frames and look through them. Congradulations on getting published!

God bless,


Jennax3 SILVER said...
on Aug. 20 2009 at 7:08 pm
Jennax3 SILVER, Palos Verdes Estates, California
6 articles 0 photos 113 comments
Bittersweet and wonderfully written :] I'm impressed!!

on Aug. 20 2009 at 1:41 am
Inkspired PLATINUM, Whitby, Other
26 articles 0 photos 493 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If one will scoff at the study of language, how, save in terms of language, will one scoff?" - Mario Pei
"I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die." Isaac Asimov

This is beautiful. I love how you use one concept to lead into the other. I'm slightly confused- is the end about a lost mother(who died)? Other than that, five stars! (thanks for your comments)

on Aug. 19 2009 at 4:19 am
sgtpepperx3 SILVER, Brick, New Jersey
5 articles 0 photos 3 comments
This is hauntingly beautiful . . . about a mother?