David Wood

Gold Star - 4,812 Points (07 April 1950 / London)

Memories - Poem by David Wood

The week after the funeral the house was cleared
Memories taken to the auctioneers to be sold off,
The polished sideboard and dining room table,
The picture frames now empty of smiling faces.
Treasures collected and stored over fifty years.
Memories now fading, scattered to the four winds.
Only ghosts remain.

Now the house is empty and a for sale sign hangs
From the bedroom window as the cold winters chill
Blows freely through the house into empty rooms
Once full of laughter. The scratches on the bottom
Of the door where the dog would scratch. One day new
Memories will fill the house but until then the house
Remains silent.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is not about personal reflections and is truly fictional.

Comments about Memories by David Wood

  • Freshman - 973 Points Yasmeen Khan (8/27/2015 1:46:00 AM)

    This is a an emotional and touching verse, though fictional but so realistic in details. The use of vivid images has painted a very poignant picture. (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,122 Points Marie Shine (8/24/2015 5:51:00 AM)

    Wow! This superbly expressed poem filled my heart with memories from my own past, as I read and it touched my soul in a very special way, dear poet. You have captured, through excellent word choice, the poignancy of the final moments before which a house is put up for sale following the passing to Spirit of the last remaining occupant. You fleck a very emotionally touching picture of the treasures collected through a lifetime or more, being put up for sale and going to a new home. The visual detail is magnificent and as I read it was as if I was standing in the centre of the house surveying all of the details in the poem, with ghosts for company, and absorbing the sadness the house is feeling now that it is no longer a home. Hope enters via the for sale sign which 'hangs from the bedroom window' and I pray that a new family make this beautiful house a home once more, where happiness, love and joy reign in supremacy and that the house echoes with the laughter of children once again. I so enjoyed reading this exquisite inking, David and thank you for sharing it with me today.10++++++++++ from me... (Report) Reply

    Bronze Star - 2,122 Points Marie Shine (8/24/2015 8:27:00 AM)

    Hi David. I wanted to send you a Thank you! message, to express my gratitude for you so kindly taking time out this morning to read my poem, but I have to do it here, as you do not allow PH members to message you. My most sincere thanks and gratitude for your kind comment, and for reading. Blessings always...

  • Gold Star - 38,053 Points Kelly Kurt (4/8/2015 2:21:00 AM)

    An imaginative work brought to life. Thanks, David (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,932 Points Kim Barney (3/24/2015 5:43:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem. Even though fiction, it rings so true and IS true for many readers, I'm sure. Who could not relate to this? Well written, indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,972 Points Clarence Prince (11/28/2014 8:38:00 AM)

    This poem sounded rather sad, but within it, there is truthful word! Well done, thanks for sharing, David! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,101 Points Heather Wilkins (8/28/2014 6:27:00 PM)

    one new day memories will fill the house but until then the house remains silent written with lots of emotion (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,063 Points Neela Nath Das (8/23/2014 9:57:00 AM)

    Full of pathos.It touched me very much....... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,412 Points Jacqueline Nash (7/21/2014 4:03:00 PM)

    So sad. A story that comes to most of us at some time or other in our lives. Beautifully written. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,202 Points Mallika Achuthan Menon (4/12/2014 2:20:00 AM)

    Really liked your poem! So well written..Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 43 Points Raymond Magabe (3/27/2014 6:13:00 AM)

    the poem might be fictional to you but I truly understand and to certain extend relate to it. beautiful poetry...just beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 40 Points Tanya Gupta (3/27/2014 3:16:00 AM)

    it is so commendable.............loved it

    come and read my poems hope you'like them (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 41,590 Points Roseann Shawiak (3/9/2014 4:36:00 PM)

    Your poem may be fictional David, but it definitely resonated with my heart,
    describing the intense silence after death has visited, taking away loved ones.
    All remnants being taken away, discarded or sol, leaving an emptiness knowing
    another part of your life is now gone. Have had a lot of experience with family
    members dying, this is reality to me. Great depiction and imagery of how it feels.
    RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,204 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (2/24/2014 7:58:00 AM)

    You have made the simple splendid in this poem. Well done my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,690 Points Hazel Durham (2/23/2014 5:10:00 PM)

    Beautifully written with well chosen details creating an atmosphere of a well lived in home just waiting for it's new owner! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 18,458 Points Ramesh Rai (1/31/2014 8:58:00 PM)

    Memories are left only. With flow of time old memories are burried and new thoughts and event takes place. till then there is silence to mourne the life. A heart filling write.
    Regards. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,259 Points Geetha Jayakumar (1/30/2014 11:51:00 AM)

    Heartfelt poem...
    Poured out through painful words.
    Some memories are so beautifully drawn in ones heart
    That one's life time wont be enough to relish them.
    Keep those memories as a treasure
    Never let it fade out from your heart.
    Sweet memories are blessings of few
    And Blessed ones are those who are in the sweet memories. Thanks for sharing with us this wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 98 Points Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/27/2014 4:29:00 AM)

    Hello David. Such a sad reflective piece. Emotions are obviously running deep. One small nit for me. Your word processor is calling the shots and capitalising each line. It seems to truncate each sentence and IMHO needs attention. Apart from that, great. I'll be checking out your sonnets later :) (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,524 Points Hans Vr (1/23/2014 11:47:00 PM)

    Deep and wonderfully written poem. the sweet memories of love may never die. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,240 Points Valerie Dohren (1/16/2014 1:05:00 PM)

    You have captured the atmosphere of the situation very well here David, well done. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,222 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (1/15/2014 7:52:00 AM)

    Silent house awaits activity. Nice poem after a long gap. Hope see you write more often. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 9, 2014

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 11, 2014


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