Monday, June 13, 2011

to the girl i saw sitting alone on the picnic bench

if there were ever a terrible line written, it has to be this:
the children have left
so says the concerte at the community pool
on a cool day in october when the cover is pulled
and the concession stand is empty save spiders and webs
and the chairs are all stacked in the place they were left
to rust in the sun until may
so says the mother in the house at high noon
in a place where too much sunshine spills through empty rooms
once covered in fingerprints and little girl bows
and growth charts in door frames and toy cars in rows
then college applications and scholarship hopes
graduation gown in the closet, love letters and notes
now freshly vaccuumed as she'd imagined all along
only now clean just feels like being alone
and so says the school bus, alone in the lot
to sit with the others that someone forgot
to wait in the blessed heat till summer is done
and the children will return with the first august sun
the white lines will follow as the bus travels south
holding the children while time will allow

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Simply beautiful. As an empty nester I can so completely relate. This strange in between time while my daughter explores the world as a 25 year old. I watch her fly with such joy in my heart but deep down there somewhere I am also excited for her to land, settle and bring me grandchildren so giggles will fill my house again.
Jeanette from Everton Terrace

American in Bath said...

This is wonderful. I wonder at what we all mean by alone. For some of my friends the alone happened before the children, for others before the children went to school. Either way, you've caught it here.

Thisisme. said...

What a lovely piece you have written there today. That's why being a grandma brings such joy into my life. I get all those things back again!

Amanda said...

You've captured this so beautifully. I am so not looking forward to the time when my little girls leave home. xx

Amber Blue Bird said...

this piece is so well written and really does capture that being alone feeling. well done my friend.

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

You took me back into the summers and autumns of my youth. Just a beautiful piece of poetry. I loved getting lost in it.

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

is it weird that I felt really sad when I read this, I think the line that the children have left made my heart skip a beat that for me as a Mom will always be a sad sentence

Anna said...

My goodness, your words are so beautiful!

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