If Only


Miniature lilac tea-candles

in the bathroom, on the john

are symbols of the teardrops

from the bathtub, they burned on.


And that spray of ivy hanging

from the candelabra on the wall

with pictures of dark-brown oak leaves-

reflect you, & to me call.


Our Christmas tree is stripped now

without the tinsel and the balls--

lies naked by the hall door;

mistletoe-kisses, it recalls.


The coffee maker sleeping

all cold, and empty too,

but still is full of coffee-grounds;

my morning roused with you.


When I sprawl out and try to sleep

on our pleasant queen-sized bed,

the smell of you potpourris the sheets;

Your absence fills my head.


Our dream was cruelly shortened

when you left that squalling day,

the streets were thick and icy~~~

If only you had stayed.




car accidentregret

◄ Unreserved

Nut ►


Profile image


Wed 12th May 2021 08:45

Very moving

Profile image

Brian Hodgkinson

Tue 11th May 2021 17:44

Thank you, Stephen, some wounds never heal.

Profile image

Stephen Gospage

Tue 11th May 2021 17:31

Moving and packed with great metaphor.

If you wish to post a comment you must login.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more Hide this message