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A Window Shuts

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A Window Shuts

An intense aroma from Mother's lilac bushes
satiate the air through our open kitchen window
Robins perched on the rusty downspout
falling from our old front porch,
whistling their sound of peek, tut, peek, tut

Melancholy music is perceived faintly
in the very near distance
as my mother's fingers effortlessly
surf the ivory keys of the piano,
decades old and perfectly tuned

Daddy reclines, comfortable
in his easy chiar, listening.  He smokes
cherry blend tobacco in a hand-carved pipe
creating an intithetic, lincering aroma
as he sips his after dinner drink

Too many whisley laden drinks
change the focus of events
as my Father stands up, curses
his dislike of a tune being played

He stumbles, raises an empty
bottle of Jim Beam Whiskey,
throwing it against the wall,
shattering it into small jagged pieces

Quicly, Mother's music ceases,
as the open window slams
shut, breaking the stained glass
that she loved so dearly

Soothing sounds and aromas of flowering
spring bushes no longer hover
but a repugnant smell of tobacco
and hard liquor remain

Sometimes I try and remember
the flowery smells, soft musical sounds -
but abruptly, I hear that colorful window
quickly close

Oh, how rapidly a serene mood is erased,
replaced by one of uneasiness, sadness

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  1. Date: 1/31/2010 6:09:00 AM

    I like the body of your poem but you have many misspelled words among the lines that would eliminate your work should you decide to enter it into Soup sponsored contests. I hope my comment is helpful. By the way, congratulations for being a featured poet.

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 6:02:00 PM

    Dear Virginia, Congratulations on YOUR POEM "A Window Shuts" being Featured this week a scenario too often seen in this country YOUR vivid translation of such an event is Superb ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 3:44:00 PM

    Congratulations on your featured poem!

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 3:11:00 AM

    Congratulations Virginia, on having your heartfelt poem featured this week. It was an enjoyable to read even though it speaks of sadness. Maybe this poem will influence someone somewhere who needs help to get it so pleasant memories can survive. Thanks for sharing. Lovingly, Dane

  1. Date: 1/26/2010 5:48:00 PM

    Most worthy presentation this week,Virginia. Congratulations, Sincerely, love, Moses

  1. Date: 1/25/2010 11:26:00 AM

    Many congrats on your featured piece this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 1/24/2010 2:38:00 PM

    Such a sad story--too often reality. It comes alive through your words. Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. Keep on writing! Wishing you continued success. Karen

  1. Date: 1/24/2010 1:46:00 PM

    Many congratulations in you deserved featured poem this week, Virginia >> James

  1. Date: 1/24/2010 1:29:00 PM

    Congratulations are your well deserved featured poem this week Virginia. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/26/2009 4:04:00 PM

    Another poem to the finals. Way to go! Keep on writing. Karen

  1. Date: 2/14/2009 2:01:00 PM

    James: I am so glad you enjoyed this one. Thank you for your comments. Blessings Ginny

  1. Date: 2/14/2009 1:30:00 PM

    love this poem... so much imagery. - love and peace:james