I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')


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30 April 2012

Not Whimper But Bang


A romance like ours can’t just fade away 
becoming nothing; love like ours can’t end at all.
What seemed a slamming on of brakes
was merely a sudden change of gears.

I bought him grey for the nursing home —
grey pyjamas, grey socks ... at least its neat
but does suggest perhaps a gradual fading,
a bleakness. We don’t know what is coming.

It is Samhain, the festival of the dead.
My eyes can barely stay open. Emotion
is so tiring! But I need to light a candle
to honour the ancestors, before I sleep.

I feel as if I am living the Death card in the Tarot:
the death of a way of life or a way of being,
occasioning mourning. But we’re supposed to
come out the other side; it’s meant to be rebirth.

The cats are restless, coming in and out
repeatedly, as if looking for something. 
Or someone. A pale gecko has got inside.
It ran away from me to lie on the ceiling. 

I bought red wine tonight, even though 
the image of an old lady on her own, drinking,
seemed pathetic. I drank it anyway, two glasses
with dinner. Now my thoughts are all over the place.

A friend advises Beethoven. I might try Wagner.
Something cathartic seems called for tonight.
I’d like to clash some cymbals. Or kick down a brick wall.
I go in my mind to where he lies sleeping. I hope he sleeps.

I’ve packed his suitcase; I’ve filled in the forms.
He knows now that we won’t live together again.
Tonight in the hospital we cried together, then 
laughed at ourselves, then cried some more.

Some day soon, I hope we’ll find new gladness.
Yes, I suppose he is gradually dying, but aren’t we all?
Tomorrow they move him, tomorrow the new life
begins. I descend into depths of darkness.

April PAD Challenge #30: Fading away

4 comments:

  1. Sadly he time of reckoning arrives. It is appropriate to reflect of what had transpired. Seeing off someone dear is not easy. A poignant verse. Great write Rosemary!

    Hank

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  2. Correction: ..Sadly the time...

    Hank

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  3. Such life events engender beautiful words Rosemary and your love and compassion are in every line ... be good to yourself dear heart and keep writing; I think of you often

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  4. Amazing level of articulacy. It is troubling this stage of life when it comes upon a person so suddenly as it does. Thinking of you.

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