Sunday, August 17, 2008

HOMECOMING (OSI)



three more days
until the plane takes off
nothing remains
except for two days worth
of borrowed items: a cot
a blanket, a coffee cup
and this, captured and saved
the moment when the sun answered
my question on the wall:

this place will remember you as
you remember it; you don’t have to
die to become a ghost




poem and photo by D. Godin

21 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

What a way to put it. It echoes in my mind. I like such poems which make me think!

strange it may seem to some

Geraldine said...

This is a very unique take on this prompt Deborah. I liked it very much. I agree with Gautami, it echoes in my mind too.

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the teach said...

Very impressive and thoughtful! Just lovely! Happy OSI!

Jim said...

Thank you Deborah, I like it! Funny but our preacher talked of the writing on the Wall that Daniel interpreted (as doom for the king).
He also did a BTW that this bit in Daniel is the origin of the saying, 'read the writing on the wall.' I haven't checked him out on that, probably I won't.
I take it you are moving with all your possessions already sent ahead?
Or you are being deployed with your duffle bag already on that plane?
Thank you for your nice comment, our Adi is a very loving dog, and she can show it very nicely.
..

me ann my camera said...

I love the shadow weather report and photo! Lovely words also. Counting the days until, don't we all identify with this.

SandyCarlson said...

How very beautiful and sad. Moments of departure are hard.

Edward S Gault said...

I like the idea of a place remembering us. Great insight.
I enjoyed your poem.

magiceye said...

....BEAUTIFUL.......

bobbie said...

I love both poem and photo. the idea of the place remembering is very appealing.

me ann my camera said...

My second take on this, like you and your read of Frost's poem I did not really get it at first. This morning I see it now! A 'ah ha' moment. Love it, the ghost part.

Lenore said...

Very beautiful, particully the last stanza. The Lake Mich. photo is lvely too, it makes me miss home. :)

Quiet Paths said...

I must say Deb - I recognize this bit of sunlight on the wall and your poem resonates in memory and in heart. For myself, we 'come home' to many places during the course of our lives and also that coming home sometimes requires the leaving as well. Beautiful.

Raven said...

I love your poetry. Cool photo too.

Pearl said...

nice. Love the concept of 2 more days of borrowed thing and love the last stanza.

Pam said...

I enjoyed the suspense of the countdown that you started with. The last stanza is wonderful-- the ghost of memory!

tumblewords said...

Ah, this is deeply thoughtful. Love the concept and the well-chosen words! The photo is amazing!

qualcosa di bello said...

hauntingly beautiful...it speaks to my nomadic soul

DeLi said...

hauntingly beuatiful

teric said...

You have produced a lot of thoughts and images in my mind.

karen crone said...

This moved me so deeply. Thank you.
Karen

zoya gautam said...

..i can only state the obvious~beautiful!..many thanks..