Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Some thoughts and a short poem...

I have not lived up to my bargain to post every day this month.  It's been a crazy, sad, busy time for my family.  Dealing with the loss of a loved one takes a lot out of you.  My husband and I just returned from a trip to his father's home.  We met his sister and her friend there, and we spent a hectic weekend sorting through years of accumulation.  There was, and still is, a lot of stuff.  The one nice thing is, it was very organized.  We donated and recycled what we could, but two pick-up loads still went to the landfill.  Some precious treasures went home with my sister-in-law and with us.  There is still a lot to do, but it's mostly cleaning, small repairs, and painting in preparation to possibly sell the home one day.  There is no rush on that.

Every room in the house was filled with memories, as was the yard and the garden.  It was like whispers, too quiet to hear, but definitely all around.  Poignant, palpable, precious....

Silent rooms and
walls with dusty photographs
Paintings created, hung with loving hands

A chair, a throw,
favorite jacket in the hall
Symbols of the life they once enveloped

Quiet whispers
of voices no longer heard
but hanging in the air, just beyond reach

Memories linking
hearts to hearts, throughout time
Unbroken chain of life continues on

© 17APR2012 ajjahner


Jeri said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It's good to have stumbled across a blog by a fellow Idahoan, although I am now living in North Carolina.

Andrea said...

I feel your pain ... I have been there and even went through the same process of sorting, throwing and saving. Your poem is poignant and rings true. The pain never goes completely, but over time the good memories will fill your thoughts. Time is your friend ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Christy Woolum said...

I love the arrangement of words in this poem. As I have said before... keep writing poems. It is such a perfect format for reliving memories.

Nita Jo said...

Sorry I hadn't responded before now. I'm still without my big computer, and not quite comfortable with the laptop. I appreciate all your comments! I hope to get back to writing stories, poetry, and blogging. Life keeps getting in the way. I have to be more determined to keep the writing high on my priority list! Thank you all for taking the time to comment!