Treasure Island

Brian Wake

(Liverpool)

KEPT SIMPLE


Eighty seven or eight years old,
she was, quite deaf and yet
we’d bawl our names as though
to rouse her from the slow
decline and stir her almost sleeping
heart, identify our kids and muddle
all her sense of time.

Like curling snapshots kept
to weave the thread of generations,
we kept her. We, my family,
she, a simple woman – mind-jammed
in between the turn of centuries.

As kids ourselves, we’d heard
how she was pulled alive
from bomb-swept streets, in nineteen
forty two, and through the heart-storm
of her mother’s sudden death.

At forty five, an orphan taken in
and kept until today when, cutting
threads at eight odd, she died
and prised two centuries apart.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (KEPT SIMPLE by Brian Wake )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Night, Apurva Prabhudesai
  2. MOTHER EARTH SANCTUARY CAFÉ, Suzae Chevalier
  3. Blazing Temples, Buxton Shippy
  4. Why Haven't You Spoken Yet, Jake?, Maung Khett Seinn
  5. snow person, lee fones
  6. Hanging above the blue, Janet Armstrong
  7. Truth in Prose, Patrick van der Loos
  8. Mindless Muddle, alex sarich
  9. The Autistic Land (Sonnet), Maria Magdalena Biela
  10. Love is love....., PARTHA SARATHI PAUL

Poem of the Day

poet William Wordsworth

I

I AM not One who much or oft delight
To season my fireside with personal talk.--
Of friends, who live within an easy walk,
Or neighbours, daily, weekly, in my sight:
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]