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Apparition

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Apparition

		

	
	Apparition
	
	
	For several years
	a photograph of my grandfather,
	my mother’s father,
	hung on my living room wall
	There’s no date on his portrait; 
	family lore says it was taken 
	shortly before he deserted his family.
	
	He was a handsome man,
	easy with women, 
	or so I’ve been told.
	In the photograph 
	he’s dressed formally
	for a country man:
	a dark suit, a white shirt,
	a crooked bow tie.
	
	I knew him as a broken old man, 
	pacing around the back yard fence
	like an animal in a cage, 
	talking quietly to himself. 
	
	One evening long after his death,
	as I sat quietly, 
	contemplating his portrait
	(a casual close reading),
	a ghostly hood emerged,
	covering his face,
	eye-holes roughly cut, 
	his bow tie and suit 
	disappearing beneath a white robe.

	My grandfather
	no longer needed Sunday clothes.


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  1. Date: 7/9/2013 7:26:00 AM
    It sounds like a sad life and a disturbing past. How did it affect your life? You express your thoughts with great clarity, I was drawn into the scene.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/9/2013 10:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I was a child when he was around, so I really recall very little. The poem is a recounting of anecdotal stories. Still, his portrait is haunting... Jack
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 8:40:00 AM
    a fine tribute to your grandfather hits home TFS enjoyed Shadow x smiles

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 6/26/2013 4:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for reading it and commenting.
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 7:30:00 AM
    well crafted, hits you emotionally. Rick

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 6/26/2013 4:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for the comment, Rick.