Picture - Matthew

A black and white plaid scarf
wraps itself loosely around a mans neck
Pitched to the back of his head sits a fedora hat
Wrapped around his thin frame a woollen suit jacket lives
Tight dark blue jeans reach a pair of black canvas shoes
Black sunglasses hide the previous night’s performance

He walked into my arms today

Slung over his shoulder a bag of washing
weighs him down

Immediately I want to unburden him
Let me put that on for you
Would you like a cup of coffee
toast with eggs
a roast an apple pie?

Can I remove that scar from near your eye?
The one I could not prevent or even tend to
Like I did with the scrapes on your little boy knees

Have I told you lately
I’m proud of you?

You joke and quote Dylan
The Beatles lyrics your mantras
Existentialism your badge
It’s not a slip of my eye
watching your mind tick

I pinch myself til I bruise
every inch of skin
Remembering the moment
you sat at a piano and played
Classical music for your grandparents

I had no idea you knew how to play

The strings of a guitar
reverberate much more than
the tunes you play
Your soul is unleashed

Again, I had no idea you knew how to play

The note book you carry under your arm
Wrapped tightly with an elastic band
I’m certain
carries deep within its pages
more than tram ride conservations

Dare I peak into its pages
And learn the many things

I have no idea about

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  • deliriousgirl
    deliriousgirlover 6 years ago

    Ooooooooohhhh this just hit me like a brick and the very breath was knocked from me and I had to gasppppp, gulp air to keep from sobbing.

    You are so so so. . . amazing.

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinover 6 years ago

    Would you like a cup of coffee
    toast with eggs
    a roast an apple pie?

    Can I remove that scar from near your eye?

    This particular phrase and line running together as they do sucker punched me Lisa. A powerful piece of writing, you describe the helplessness we feel as our children grow further away from us with exquisite tenderness.

  • ladyb
    ladybover 6 years ago

    Weeps. This is just beautiful. x

  • roybarry
    roybarryover 6 years ago

    I have all this to look forward to. Lisa, this is quite simply World Class writing.

  • bellmusker
    bellmuskerover 6 years ago

    Can I remove that scar from near your eye?

    I will never, never, never tire of your writing.

    Your eye is sublime.

  • aglaia b
    aglaia bover 6 years ago

    wonderful, wonderful read! ;-)

  • Taine
    Taineover 6 years ago

    Lisa, this writing is testement to the wonderfully deep & caring soul you are; such a personal & emotional piece. Sending you a big hug.

  • Roger Sampson
    Roger Sampsonover 6 years ago

    Lisa my dear friend – this one blows me away. This description you give here
    is so crystal and the wonderment that is with you of this individual is so obviously
    deep. This is a fave Lisa….just like you are to me.


  • Luckyvegetable
    Luckyvegetableover 6 years ago

    You have such a deep appreciation of love and of those you love, and that comes out so honestly and beautifully in your words….
    lovely, Ms G


  • Ange
    Angeover 6 years ago

    gorgeous writing lisa…

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