Friday, September 26, 2014

Seasons of love

Why do I feel sad
when I hear you are leaving us
when I haven't really cared much
about what was going on with you
in many, many years because of
the unacknowledged tandem role you had
in the traumas of childhood?
The grieving is more likely about
the end of an era
the final death of a generation
time's evanescence
the false stories of faded eras
the never-to-be healed actions and
justifications of crazy, evil behaviors,
my mother's parents vanishing
at last. The past will just never
get better, will it?
As you slip quietly out through sleep,
I think of you and wonder
what it would have been like
to have a cookie-baking grandma
with a toss-you-in-the-air-squealing
grandpa, instead of the
dishonest molesting freaks
that comprise my genetic upline.


  1. powerful words big time! my new therapist suggested i read anne sexton's poetry. she became a poet after her therapist suggested she could write poems to help her let go of her totally painful past. does writing (poetry) help you let go? is it like therapy, but better? i like this poem because it is honest, but never cruel. that's a really good sign of true art.

    1. Anne Sexton is one of my inspirations/heroes. Yes, writing poetry does help release the painful past!


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