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Her Hundredth Birthday Party

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Her Hundredth Birthday Party

It was quiet in the meeting room
just down the hall, as I came in.
I knew that she would be, as well.

And there she was, propped in her wheel chair,
body in pink jumpsuit, cocked
far to the side, not quite asleep.

For her, there was no false facade.
One saw, and got a mumbling ancienne
and no apologies.

Then suddenly it was time
for people, punch, and platitudes,
kids and candy mints and cake.

The honored guest, forsaken
just as if she were not there,
reached out...I saw her once,

accepting then one small remembrance,
but too late, the speaker
had already turned away

and I, but for the press of day,
had need to cry; they missed it--
souls who turned hello into goodbye.

The small ones never really knew you, mom,
and that's ok; your spirit longs
to break away. The authors

of the books you knew, will soon
make room for Elna in their dusty rooms
along a corridor in paradise

where dusty reticence is blown away
by one enchanted newborn spirit soul
and her new spirit breath of joy.

Copyright © Robert Ludden

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  1. Date: 8/18/2012 4:21:00 PM
    A touchingly searing write, Dean. Sounds like a lonely departure, even though the place had been filled with people there in her honour. Still I'm sure she'd left with peace and joy in her heart! This chocolate is chewy, Dean. Keep well!!! Love, Mikki

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/18/2012 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Bless you.
  1. Date: 8/10/2012 3:31:00 PM
    I understand this one, you'll be pleased to know! and I like it a lot, it's very poignant, but the final stanza is uplifting :-) I'll continue to read, though I do struggle with some (not all) I don't feel I can really comment or criticize if I don't fully understand the piece, so sometimes I may read but not leave a for 'voices', keep taking the pills! lol seriously, I've heard them too on rare occasions, it's called clairaudience, but I'm mostly clairsentient...(you have mail...)

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/10/2012 5:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I need to know when you do not understand. I am usually willing to clarify the situation. Clairaudience, clairsentiance and clairvoyance are all desirable so far as I am concerned. Some have all of them, and some insist that they can be developed. Dunno. I've tried. Maybe some day if I live long enough I'll make some progress,
  1. Date: 8/10/2012 12:31:00 PM
    great tribute Robert

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/10/2012 2:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you
  1. Date: 8/10/2012 8:53:00 AM
    nice write

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/10/2012 8:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Kenisha