Thursday, April 30, 2015

I wish him well.


***

There's no answer --

just questions and a new
padlock on the gate.

The framed picture of Blessed Mary
and baby Jesus above the door --

gone.

The wooden cross hanging
straight center above the door 

no longer there.

Just two crooked nails
against the bare white-wash;

the potted herb plants
have been taken away,
so are all the shoes
and shoe-shelf by the wall.

Neighbors behind shut-doors 
offered no help; Uncle 
is a quiet man who collected
coins, newspapers, old radios 
and cats.

No one can tell us 
when he packed it all up

      and left.


*** 

edited  6th Jan 2016 

Inspired by a true event.

6 comments:

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

wish him well and hope that somewhere his whispers will be heard

Ravenblack said...

Thank you Marco.

Anna Montgomery said...

Delivered with your characteristic grace and economy, nicely done!

Ravenblack said...

Thanks Anna. :)

Liz Rice-Sosne said...

Hello my friend, this must have been difficult. Both difficult and a bit unnerving.

Ravenblack said...

Yes it has been. It's perplexing.