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Circle

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Circle

My father painted
western landscapes and bluebonnets
in a manner that can be described as “primitive.” 
He painted with his heart to stay sane 
in the never-sane world 
of the mens’ tubercular sanitarium.
From what little I actually know of him
he was a man of conscience 
and strength 
and love for his family.
He may have been other things too, 
but I can’t possibly know for certain 
except from the stories I’ve been told.
In these stories he was almost a saint.

When I was twelve he was sent home to die,
although no one told me. 
I remember him lying in bed in our front room. 
I touched his puffy leg, leaving a white dimple.
We laughed. 
He said we would make plans for time together,
just the family,
when he was better. 

One anonymous night 
I stayed with my grandmother 
for no reason I could figure out, 
although I really didn’t give it much thought. 
In the darkest part of that night 
my mother woke me 
to tell me he was dead. 
I don’t remember my reaction,
but I don’t think I cried. 
Men didn’t do that, you see. 
I do remember eating cake after his funeral 
at what I recently heard called 
a “funeral party.” 

I have a way of forgetting painful times.
For a long time after his death
my memory is a blank. 

Now, I am a painter. 
I don’t paint his landscapes or bluebonnets, 
but, like my father, 
it brings a breath of sanity to my world, 
completing the long-delayed circle of his life.

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  1. Date: 7/12/2013 11:03:00 AM
    wow, I think your reaction to death is very much like mine. I was not able to cry very much upon the death of my stepbrother so many years ago, and yet his essence lingered with me and I would have dreams of him being still alive and 'with us." I believe I will see him again. I certainly hope so. This is my favorite "deep" poem. Wonderful.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/12/2013 1:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My father died in 1957 when I was 12. I didn't cry until the late 60's. Real men don't cry, you see. I understand exactly what you mean. It's good to hear from you... Jack
  1. Date: 7/11/2013 10:22:00 AM
    This is absolutely outstanding and heartfelt. I like the true nature of your work. Congrats on your well deserved win. AO

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/11/2013 1:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your kind comments... Jack
  1. Date: 7/10/2013 8:07:00 PM
    Congratulations Jack on your excellent win xxx

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/10/2013 9:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Mystic Rose!
  1. Date: 7/10/2013 3:17:00 PM
    A very touching and beautiful poem! MY BIG HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AWESOME WIN my dear friend, Jack! Cheers & hugs! love lots, Leonora

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/10/2013 5:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Leonora. Very kind words... Jack
  1. Date: 7/10/2013 1:18:00 PM
    Jack so well expressed. I'd love to see your paintings. I'm a painter too. Soup mail me. Congratulations on your fantastic win. Warm Smiles, Connie

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/10/2013 5:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Connie. I'll send soupmail later today... Jack
  1. Date: 7/10/2013 6:55:00 AM
    A beautiful and gripping piece of life...touched me to the core... :)

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/10/2013 7:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your kind comment, Karen... Jack
  1. Date: 7/9/2013 5:14:00 PM
    Very pleasingly poignant... you touch the right strings on the harp of creativity... Congratulations.... Jake

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/9/2013 5:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Jake. I really like the harp comment. Nicely done. Jack
  1. Date: 7/9/2013 2:39:00 PM
    Jack, deep.. Congratulations... xox~ LINDA

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/9/2013 3:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank, Linda... Jack
  1. Date: 3/9/2013 4:55:00 PM
    I really enjoy getting further glimpses of your father and what he meant to you... the honesty of writing, the lack of sugarcoating, all make it worth-while reading. Though you may not have known him very well in the flesh he is still with you in your habits (maybe without you even realizing it). It's really amazing to me, those invisible threads that bind us together... wonderful writing... keep it up!

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 3/9/2013 5:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You're a very perceptive and sensitive person. I truly appreciate your comments and reading . Jack
  1. Date: 3/6/2013 7:55:00 PM
    This is a heartfelt touching write Jack. A lovely tribute to your father. Blessings Donna

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 3/6/2013 9:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you. He was a good man, and much loved. Jack