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SEWING MACHINE

Sewing machine, long idle, gathered dust
in Grandma's loft I found, the week after we
laid her to rest next to her slain husband.
He was only twenty four yet a squadron leader
when his spitfire was shot down over France.
Mother was only three at the time and my uncle
a babe in Grandma's arms. How awful yet how
familiar those sad stories were then.
The war years seemed like only yesterday
when Grandma would tell us of Grandfather's
gallantry in the face of an evil oncoming foe.
Those stories now came flooding back as I
rummaged in the attic of her cottage with 
a candle to guide my way, tears smarting as I
imagined myself as Mother then, missing a father.
The candle sputtered, spent, and all was dark.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 5/2/2018 3:59:00 PM
A truly great inspired poem. Congratulations. Love, Joyce
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JEAN MURRAY
Date: 5/2/2018 4:25:00 PM
Thank you Joyce.
Date: 5/2/2018 3:39:00 PM
Dropping back to say many congratulations on your win Jean :-) hugs Jan xx
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JEAN MURRAY
Date: 5/2/2018 4:25:00 PM
Thank you Jan.
Date: 5/2/2018 12:32:00 PM
Congratulations on your placement. Enjoyed this.
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JEAN MURRAY
Date: 5/2/2018 12:37:00 PM
Thank you Susan.
Date: 5/2/2018 7:39:00 AM
A lovely poem, Jean. Congrats.
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JEAN MURRAY
Date: 5/2/2018 9:37:00 AM
Thank you Line.
Date: 4/21/2018 6:33:00 PM
Jean, love your poem.. luck in the contest , I don't think I will write for the contest.
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JEAN MURRAY
Date: 4/21/2018 6:54:00 PM
Thank you Eve. Are you sure? Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Date: 4/19/2018 6:33:00 AM
Gripping story from start to finish..the three given lines flow like parts of a true story..a sign of well crafted poem..best for a win, Jean.
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JEAN MURRAY
Date: 4/19/2018 9:34:00 AM
Thank you Vijay. The way Viv designed it was interesting. I had to form the story in my head before I began, unlike having only one line and going with it, as I usually do. I really enjoyed the process.
Date: 4/19/2018 5:05:00 AM
Nice, really nice...I like how I felt when I read it... a mystery of emotions...Lovely poem Jean...all the best...
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JEAN MURRAY
Date: 4/19/2018 5:15:00 AM
If I can effect emotions I'm on the right track I hope. Such a sweet comment Arturo. I appreciate it. Thank you.
Date: 4/19/2018 4:34:00 AM
heartbreakingly sad imagery Jean, oh the futility of war, so many young men killed in their prime and women left widows:-( good luck in the contest:-) hugs jan xx
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JEAN MURRAY
Date: 4/19/2018 4:52:00 AM
Thank you Jan. I enjoyed reading your poem for the contest. It is good to reflect on that futility and remember the heroes.