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The Task

The old screen door still welcomes me
    .. a familiar face, just as before
but after this...who'll pass this way?….
Will they use the rug and wipe their shoes?...
Swipe away the grime and mud?
 .....Or will they even care?

I feel my pulse and lungs collide
I take a breath...and step inside

She lived alone, the last to go....
one amber dawn when skies were clear
silently, without fanfare....
death wafted through these hard wood floors
and took more than a glimpse of her

I've been asked to sell the house,
to clear it out, and set it right…
Somehow, seems wrong…. 
a trespass on the throne of  life
that was softly lived
behind the gate, where thirsty roses bloom, and wait…

I hesitate….
to disturb the lace on drop leaf tables…
disgrace the quiet of the gloom
open drawers, snoop and sort, ….a pruning, 
of the good, the used, from worn and torn

My hands are able, but my heart declines..
what isn’t mine, to toss, to find, to mark, and label…

I hear the echoes, in each room…
along with swishings of my broom…
and the dust motes in the window light
like glitter in the afternoon…
reminders of old sparks ingnited
where cozy logs had offered light
keeping her last nights warm..…

The whirling sound of winds outside… 
whispered breaths of weaving looms
the treadled sounds of sewing hems..
peddled feet, and bustling, rustling
and those of clattering pans and potting blooms…

There are questions I want to ask
tho’ I can’t recall just what they were
no matter now….with no one here
I must be focused….on my task…
it must be done…

And now, …as doors of dark begins
I see, somehow, that fate moved in….
I am glad that I, with my two hands…
have witnessed with a smile, unplanned,
A life once new, until the end

I hold it all, and always will
her life, I held in loving hands

I stand here in the halls of night
content, I'll leave without regret
companioned by a day well spent…

                    I've been within …her company


Copyright © Carrie Richards

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 4:26:00 AM
    Hi Carrie, congratulations on your win love xx

  1. Date: 12/12/2013 8:01:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Carrie

  1. Date: 12/12/2013 12:12:00 PM
    All the poetry submitted was heartfelt. From love throughout life to love in the depths of death with reflections of nature. You are all deserving First Place Winners and I thank you for entering your favorites in my contest.

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 1:28:00 PM
    Congratulations Carrie...everything you write seemsso familiar to all families I think...this poem especially...

  1. Date: 6/13/2013 10:29:00 AM
    Carrie, congrats on your 1st place win with this amazing poem! So much emotion comes through. Going in my favs. Love, Kim

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 11:41:00 PM
    Wow, Carrie... you really took me there and made all the memories come to life. It really resonates with me when I think of a person I knew that passed away awhile back... it was an indescribable feeling walking through those familiar hallways that now felt so strange now that she was no longer there... well deserved win, methinks. And thanks for checking out The Taste of a Wish.

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 6:44:00 PM
    It so sounds like the vision of what is to come for me, but without you. :( Congrad's on your verse winning. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 5:33:00 PM
    a wonderful, poignant piece carrie, I too have had this sad experience and I wrote one about it called 'still life', you have captured the experience so well here, I'm very happy to share the top spot with such a shining talent :)

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 12:57:00 PM
    What an excellent expression of deepest feeling in this well thought piece. Sooo,, touching! RAY

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 8:49:00 PM
    Great write and well expressed. Congrats on your well deserved new win. AO

  1. Date: 10/7/2011 7:29:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the "Opened Door" contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/6/2011 12:02:00 AM
    I knew this was a winner when I first read it. Congratulations Carrie

  1. Date: 9/3/2011 4:02:00 AM
    A Seventh Place Win Congratulations. CR

  1. Date: 9/2/2011 10:38:00 PM
    magnifcent as always,Carrie. you are a master of free verse. Congrats on the win.

  1. Date: 9/2/2011 8:36:00 AM
    Wow. You took me there. Great piece Carrie

  1. Date: 8/31/2011 6:27:00 PM
    Awesome job, Carrie! I really dig the end-line here. You know wot? My own poem is different....we tackled things differently, but almost the same in their endings. Congratulations on your win in nikko's contest~!

  1. Date: 8/31/2011 5:48:00 PM
    congrats on your wonderful winning poem, the attention to detail in this is just incredible, I always enjoy reading your poetry, great talent

  1. Date: 8/31/2011 10:39:00 AM
    The nostalgia in the piece is really poignant and serene. Congrats!

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 11:47:00 PM
    Congrats Carrie on your excellent win with another grand piece of poetry for this contest.. wonderful ..

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 6:32:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win, Carrie.Nice write..