Sunday, 16 August 2015

lost beloved


it was then, 
endless: 
sun drenched days 
and star lit nights

the backyard splashed
with footprints
in the hose soaked grass

or on white snow 
under cloud castle skies 

with family – close.

but as the years went by,
and freedom roared

love intruded – or so it seemed –
and weighed down, like a ball and chain,

on days – hung – more and more,
between long, lost nights 
of secrets – hidden or forgotten –
or blotted out in numbness 
to the words:

the fearful words –
the endless questions – 
the pleading ultimatums
and the lies – the choking fog of lies.

then came – a paralytic, cold, bitter silence

that erupted, finally,
like a bomb 
into angry, aching, howling, hurt, good-byes

. . . and ended . . .

gone, with all peace . . . . . . . . .
into a black descent – rapid and cruel – 
and the empty hollow of having tossed away
all that meant something . . . once . . . . . .

note:  posted for Posts United.

photo:  Canadian Prairies Shot From Car Window - W. Bourke
  
© 2015 Wendy Bourke

20 comments:

  1. Strong, bold, scary, good.

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  2. That picture is stunning...and I wonder about this storm that arrives to upset the peace once known. I can feel the tension build..in the fog of lies.

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  3. This poem starts out with such a reminiscent happy tone, and then it changes to something much different. The secrets. The questions. The silence. I sense there is a very interesting backstory to this poem, Wendy.

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  4. Whew. Love started at a high point and became twisted very fast in this. Ugh, when lies and broken trust enter in is there any hope?

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  5. Wow. The photo is amazing. And the poem is the story so many people live, of love turned to pain......very powerfully written.

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  6. The shifting tone in this is so effectively accomplished, from one extreme to the next, that the reader can feel the "black descent" powerfully.

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  7. What a twist, woahh! How relatable this poem is.

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  8. With such sweet memories the change becomes so much darker and menacing, the bomb of change, the enemy sneaking up on you. A sad story too often repeated..

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  9. An amazing photo...and what a powerful twist to the story to turn happiness into agony....

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  10. Life too sometimes give us beautiful things and then they are gone.

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  11. somewhat bittersweet.. i love the way you tell it.

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  12. Love gone bitter can be excruciating.
    Well penned.

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  13. "love intruded – or so it seemed –
    and weighed down, like a ball and chain,"

    the shift is easy, not cloudy at all, just plainly uncertain and not at all true to happyness
    good write

    have a nice week

    much love...

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  14. when love is lost -it's lost

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  15. powerfully written - memories, sadly, is not only about happy moments

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  16. How sad in the ending ~ I admire the progression of the story, from being loved to bitter cold silence ~ Thanks for your visits Wendy ~

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