Poem of the Week: September 4, 2005

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Poem of the Week: September 4, 2005

Post by heinzs » Sat Sep 03, 2005 11:43 am

This week's winner:

Winner: Poem of the Week: September 4, 2005

Fetching Leaves
by ninian

A week of rain has me feeling trapped so,
I pack the camera and you,
a small boy not quite five,
into the car, despite your protests,
setting off out of the city.
The rain mists windshield and the wipers beat
a metronome for the quiet song on the radio.
You press your forehead to the cold window
and watch the river. The silence at the old stone
church is eerie. We pause at the gates,
holding hands, then start to walk the graveyard.
You explore, and I read the tombstones aloud.
I let you wander ahead, listening to the inner voice
that keeps me from over-protecting until
my heart stops at a headstone


and I call your name. You turn to see
I haven’t moved, smile and continue.
My hair is a wild thing unfettered,
wind-whipped around my face
hiding my tears. Your eyes of wonder
admire the cracks in the wall, trace numbers
in the tombstones with your small finger,
counting; while I trace the numbers
in my mind and pray for your future.
My camera hangs lifeless around my neck.
Our only pictures of the day captured
in the minds of a small boy,
not yet five,
and his mummy.

© Ninian
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Post by chthon » Sat Sep 03, 2005 4:01 pm

Congratulations, Ninian.
Well deserved...a beautiful poem!
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Post by ninian » Thu Sep 08, 2005 9:37 pm

thank you :)

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Post by Shane » Fri Sep 09, 2005 1:13 am

Well done young lady :wink:

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Post by Friend_forever » Fri Sep 09, 2005 4:01 am

Congrats Nin... its a great write, and deserves the honour
And as I watch you in this light
I never realized your eyes were full of
So many colors.
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Post by Maid of Iron » Sat Sep 10, 2005 2:31 pm


Forgive the belated congrats - but


Sorry this is so late in coming, I have been otherwise engaged :computer: .

I popped in the other day, but popped right back out again before I read everything.

I'm thinking I miss alot of good stuff around here!

Anyway, Congrats!


<i>"And she told him how it was Forgall had gone to Emain, and had advised him to go and learn warriors’ feats, the way they two might not meet again. Then each of them promised to be true to the other till they would meet again, unless death should come between them, and they said farewell to one another, and Cuchulain turned towards Alban."</i> ~The Courting of Emer

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