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Sepulchre of Memories

The morning is scented
with impossible scenarios.
I try gallantly
not to cry
for our lost dreams.
I saw him last night
in a dream – 
his frail frame
and tears in his eyes:
“Oh, Mum, 
why can’t you take me in?”
I close my eyes,
feeling the infant's arms
trustingly wrapped
around my neck,
and my heart.
Exhuming long forgotten memories,
my broken heart
is spotlit
by fervent tears – 
like shards of glass 
amplify sunlight.

The sun has lost its will to live.
In the grey morning light,
the baby speckled mousebirds 
are feeding on the lawn -
the chirpy cacophony 

Hearing his voice last night
on the WhatsApp call
(the first in six months)
from worlds apart – 
an insuperable chasm –     
brought it home to me:
my expectations
are best laid to rest
in the sepulchre of memories.

Copyright © Suzette Richards | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 9/18/2017 8:24:00 PM

    Oh yes, the Sepulchre of memories! Congrats, Suzette!
  1. Date: 9/18/2017 4:08:00 PM

    Suzette, CONGRATULATIONS on your placement with this wonderful poem
  1. Date: 9/18/2017 11:37:00 AM

    Suzette great write and congrats on your win!
  1. Date: 9/18/2017 10:46:00 AM

    So exquisitely poignant and beautifully melancholy - so pleased you entered this one and that you shared the blessing of this write, Suzette! Thank you for entering my contest! :-)
  1. Date: 9/2/2017 4:28:00 PM

    You nailed it from the tittle. And way down to the last line.
  1. Date: 8/26/2017 7:54:00 AM

    A brilliant poem of acceptance. I felt in the moment with you. My heart goes out to you. I have had such a hectic year and find my thoughts too scattered to even try a poem. Hoping to connect with writing after I go on a cruise this coming month. Big hugs, suZ