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The Private Lives of Those I've Loved

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The Private Lives of Those I've Loved

The hutch 
like everything else in this house is
crooked.  A slanting hardwood floor 
and the burnished ends 
of an ancient table. 

An ever rounding table 
"a table with history" she says, 
a lineage with the cut 
and lineaments 
of the eight-score man who built it. 

The eerie, beautiful portrait 
of some great-  great-  great- 
hangs so solemnly with Victorian grace 
the nail has begun to bend, 
but she will never fall. 

One cabinet for the silver 
and wine glasses 
has been painted triple-white 
and sunk into the wall like a safe. 
Its shelves boiled clean 
to hide their ignoble wood
(probably pine).

Not like the Oak left bare-  
the smell and musk 
of those dark hand-hewn ceiling beams 
and the redolence  
from somewhere behind the house 
of deep-purple lilacs 
growing fat like grapes. 

Outside, the painted gardens swirl together 
in a dizzying carousel of color and light
with short, fat brush strokes
and heavy, bold shadows;
the flowers burn from the healthy soil 
replacing sand from ten years ago.
200 bags of fertilizer and now: 

A nightgowned woman plays firefighter 
every morning with a green hose, 
keeping up with the investment.

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  1. Date: 12/19/2008 10:22:00 PM
    Paul, Congratulations on Your Featured POEM " The Private Lives of Those I've Loved" I think in my Youth I saw this house and Garden YOU have used Imagery To perfection Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring YOU and YOURS Health and Prosperity...HG

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 4:54:00 PM
    Paul - Congrats on having your poetry featured this week – Merry Christmas & God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 11:51:00 AM
    Astounding lyrical write here Paul and the imagery is just fantastic! This is a very well-deserved selection to be featured this week. Congratulations to you!! Hope '09 is a wonderful year for you and yours ... glad you are at the Soup!!

  1. Date: 12/16/2008 8:45:00 PM
    I would like to know more of the story. Thank you for sharing, Paul. lainie

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 5:07:00 PM
    Congratulations on your featured write of the week! Warmest wishes for a beautiful holiday season. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 5:00:00 PM
    Creative reflection. Congratulation on having your poem featured. I wish you continued success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 4:01:00 PM
    I like the musty aroma of the trip. Description wins the gardner. Congrats on this pick. Love, daver

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 1:41:00 PM
    Simply wonderful who is this a discription of "Mom" "Wife" and you have discribed Beauty. By seeing these things you have chicen to take the Beauty Way please enter this in my contest!Light & Love Debbie

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 5:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Paul. Love, Carol