A Box of Photos
There was a loud crash in the hallway
After pulling out the Parcheesi
And other dusty boxes that
House fragments of faded memories
Falling to the floor
Spill from the carton
To rest on the floor
– – –
We come from the land of hibiscus
And plastic happiness
Like so many
Verdant kisses, it whispers a
Foggy dream of the eternal
Whatever you fancy
Dreams were guarantees you could
Redeem like coupons
Them one by one like so many
Yet we wither
Under a foreign sun
Against a backdrop of broken
– – –
This one particular snags my eye
Resting against the baseboard;
The photo of our trip where we
Promised each other to never
Grow stale in the easy stagnancy
Of home life and monthly bills
We would traipse across the rough globe
For perils unknown
As we learned
The language of the world
Solely in broken dreams and dreams of
Though we didn’t yet
Know the quiet terror awaiting
Us upon our return from paradise
Natalie, I really like when you write poetry!
“We come from the land of hibiscus
And plastic happiness”
I am in love with those lines.
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Thanks, Karen! This one was fun to write. 🙂
Your poem is awesome.Dreams do not guarantee anything,if they did I’d make sure I was in the front!
Haha, me too!
Wow! This was a terrific poem. Love the flow of it as well as the last lines that speak of a life so far from what had been imagined. My favorite line: “The language of the world which deals solely in broken dreams and dreams of the broken”
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Thank you, Janna! Great compliment, coming from you. 🙂
WOW !! The land of hibiscus….That plastic happiness….Foggy dream of the eternal….printed promises…broken dreams….. Can poetry be done better than this ? Totally Amazing !! The flow is magical. Love it ! xx
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Wow, thank you for such high praise! 🙂
Wow! Fantastic! This: “If only dreams were guarantees you could redeem like coupons” – greatness.
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If only, right? 😉 Thank you, Linda.
Oh, this is so beautiful, as beautiful as that photo.
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Thank you Bill!
Speechless. I think your best poem yet. The coupons, and the monthly bills lines were spot on. I want to teach this to my Junior class.
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Wow, thank you Chris! What a great compliment. 🙂
oh. quiet terror. coolio.
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Love this poem, Natalie. I really like the format you used too (if there’s a name for it, I don’t know enough about poetry to know!).
Thank you, Stacie! The format is called “alternate ways of punctuation.” No, just kidding, I made that up. 😉
Last line is a kicker. Thanks for the like on mine and good luck tomorrow.
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This is gorgeous, Natalie! I always love your poetry. There are so many great images in this, but I really love “If only dreams were guarantees you could redeem like coupons” – and I love the chill in those last few words.
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