The Misted Pane

 

 

I passed by a window

Where an old man smiled 

and misted up the dirty pane

 

Behind his eyes the sadness showed 

of every steep & rocky road

He'd had to climb

 

Next day I thought I'd call on him

And out he came

So pale and thin

-but with that smile

 

And graceful guile 

 

He said

Son

in my mind

I'm as free as a summer breeze

And I drift up high 

to the blue of the sky

Where my old girl waits for me

... And, together, we are free

 

And then stars appear 

And I hold her near

And we dance on the seas of the moon

 

and I tell her that I'll be home soon.

 

Well, we stood alone & talked for hours

His lifetime bloomed like summer flowers

Before my eyes

 

And he told me of his wife who'd passed

And how they'd shared a thousand laughs

But she had to go

 

And leave him alone

 

And children's laughter never came

Although they tried, but, all in vain

Not meant to be

 

So, they roamed free

 

And he said

Son

in my mind

I'm as free as a summer breeze

And I drift up high 

to the blue of the sky

Where my old girl waits for me

... And, together, we are free

 

And then stars appear 

And I hold her near

And we dance on the seas of the moon

 

and I tell her that I'll be home soon.

 

Well, the very next day he passed away

I guess he had nothing left to say

And into the sky

 

I know he flew so high!

 

And suddenly I felt so bad

For everything I'd ever had

I'd thrown away

 

Day after day

 

Taken for granted every breath

Stole from those on cusp of death

Without a thought

 

But, now a know

Life is a treasure

And as a man I'll meet my measure

Or, at least I'll try

 

And with every twig

I'll try my best

To build ourselves a happy nest

Until the day

 

We fly away

 

Right up to the seas of the moon

 

 

 

Loverespect

◄ The Unsettled Man

Strange Old Day ►

Comments

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A Girl

Tue 2nd Mar 2021 15:57

Phew! Now, that’s a poem.

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Stephen Atkinson

Wed 24th Feb 2021 22:02

Thanks for taking time to read & all the Likes everyone! 🌈

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Stephen Atkinson

Tue 23rd Feb 2021 20:07

Thank you for the comments Julie & Stephen. Wasn't sure if it was going to be a song or a poem. Somewhere in between I think.
And thanks for the likes Aviva, Tony & Y.R.P, always appreciated

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 23rd Feb 2021 17:32

A stunning, moving piece of verse. Thank you so much.

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julie callaghan

Tue 23rd Feb 2021 13:18

Beautiful, thank you

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