Once Upon a Time….

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The life He Leads

Is far removed

From where he goes

Within his head,

He tends his garden

And stooping low

Thinks of those who use to be

But now are gone,

His thoughts travel far

Back to ‘42

Oh, that was a year

Wasn’t that what mama said?

Two babies in diapers

One in short pants

And they was always

A-hankerin to be fed

There was a wreck in ‘52

He lost one baby and mama too

On a city street

Their life’s blood bled

He squints his eyes, shuffles inside,

Stands before their pictures,

Side by side and thinks tomorrow

Maybe he won’t get out of bed.

 

Copyright @1995 Kathy Lauren Miller

 

4 thoughts on “THE LIFE HE LEADS

  1. frenchc1955 says:

    Hi, I am not sure if my previous message went through or not, so I am sending it again. I have nominated you for the Spirit Animal Award. The information follows: https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/the-spirit-animal-award-nomination/

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    1. Charles, I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I am a dolphin, a mermaid, and surely a spirit animal! Thank you for the honor. It was fun to do! K.D.

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  2. jlfatgcs says:

    Sad, beautiful, full of heart and longing. A wonderful poem.

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  3. Hi, Jenny,
    Yes, it is a compelling, beautiful, sad, heart-felt poem that represents older people who have lost their meaning to continue living when all they loved and lived for are gone. I think there are so many very lonely older people. Sometimes we tend to forget them, ignore them and even avoid them, knowing full well, we will be them someday. I am so glad you saw the beauty in it! 🙂

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