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Grandpa's Study

The room is still,
Quiet but for wind and rain
Making music on the windows.
Empty but for endless shelves
Of leather-bound volumes -
The first editions you loved so much.
The desk is weathered, coated
In a film of dust.
The chair is old and worn,
Tucked in just where you left it.
I can almost hear it creak
Under your weight,
Hear you whistle in that absent way.
I can almost see you there,
Hunched over creased pages,
Reading Keats or Blake.
I can almost smell that familiar scent
Of fresh soap and musty books,
Of spices and cigar smoke.

Copyright © Heather Ober

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  1. Date: 7/3/2013 1:33:00 PM
    I do believe I have seen all your lovely poetry, lady. Maybe I will just start at the end and read them all over again one by one. Yes, this one was good and I see you had gotten a win for a contest with it.Are you putting up all your poems at Soup or have you got some saved aside like i do, some that are not posted here yet? How many years have you been writing? Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 9:15:00 PM
    Heather,, Congratulations with your Featured Poem of the week. Have yourself a beautiful Memorial Day, this Monday. God bless * Always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 5/24/2013 7:46:00 PM
    This poem is a wow--too special for words--for such a young lady you have such a mature view of life!

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 2:57:00 PM
    Good sensory recollections, Heather. "Fresh soap and musty books," makes a strong statement. Congrats on the selection. daver

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 9:14:00 PM
    Heather, a nice little free verse poem :-) congratulations~ LINDA

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 8:54:00 AM
    I love this, Heather. I could really see it and even smell it. It makes me think of my grandpa's workshop where I first learned to carve. It smelled like woodchips and butterscotch...your poem brought back fond memories for me...thank you.

  1. Date: 2/15/2013 11:23:00 PM
    well, I wish you had more of your awesome poetry for me to see. I came back here to tell you thanks for all your comments to me. I too can neither sew nor plant. I despise both things but LOVE being in the kitchen! The pear tree does not produce pears. It's called decorative pear tree. Every season is very different look that it wears. White blooms in April, green in summer, going to gorgeous red/yellow in fall. It's a huge tree and wind tore off a big chunk of it last year. SIGH!!

  1. Date: 2/15/2013 11:23:00 PM
    Seems like i was going to tell you something else but now it escapes me. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/24/2012 11:28:00 AM
    very moving and once again imagery is supreme. thanks for sharing your precious memories.

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 5:13:00 PM
    Heather, what a beautiful glimpse into a place made special by someone very dear. I love your treatment in taking the reader into this almost hallowed place... I'll be visiting often..... Jake

  1. Date: 11/30/2012 8:35:00 AM
    something weird, I went to put you on my fave poet list, and it came up saying "poet previously placed here" but I reviewed my list and did not find you there. So I don't know what that list is talking about! I also noticed that two strange characters I had never faved had gotten onto my list somehow. Very weird stuff!

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 11/30/2012 1:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That is so strange! It must be some sort of glitch. I'm going to go check my fave poet list to make sure everything is in order! :)
  1. Date: 11/30/2012 8:29:00 AM
    I love this, Heather. Such a wonderful feeling poem on your grandpa.

  1. Date: 10/31/2012 5:37:00 AM
    I am so sorry it has taken me this long to get back to you on the comments you have left on my poetry. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave a comment Heather. It truly was appreciated. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/9/2012 11:53:00 AM
    A beautifully written tribute to some one you knew so well... and obviously loved.

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Carol. I find poetry is the best way to express that kind of love :)
  1. Date: 3/7/2012 1:28:00 AM
    This IS a GEM of a poem.So easily you took the reader at that room.Love your poetry.

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Kash :)
  1. Date: 2/24/2012 10:40:00 AM
    Beautifully written I could see it in my minds eye.

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That's so sweet. Thank you :)
  1. Date: 1/21/2012 4:58:00 PM
    Great written free verse Heather! Your descriptions make me feel as Im there.

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Arild! That's the effect I was hoping for :)
  1. Date: 1/21/2012 4:47:00 PM
    You did it again Heather....a lovely poem. oxox love Anne-Lise ps,I can smell the cigar smoke :)

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Anne Lise :)