the foreign ghost of it

lingers in sound;


the clock of a cathedral

chiming its two syllables

in the afternoon,


the staccato of heels

turning along a street

metallic in rain-washed stone,


the tremble of leaves

after the collared dove

has flown the lilac bush,


the settling of pine boards

where my luggage sat

smelling of vintage leather & perfume


as I drew the curtains

one last time. The sun squinting through

trying to see if I


was ready to leave

with my keys on the table, and nostalgia

clinging like old wallpaper

throughout the rooms.


  1. Wendy,

    Perfection! You have created a mood that wafts across the room.

    The images and sounds convey feelings as surely as if one were in
    that scenario.

    “metallic in rain-washed stone,” The sound echoes a finality.

    “with my keys on the table, and nostalgia

    clinging like old wallpaper

    throughout the rooms.”

    Those lines are the bow on the package.

    Powerful poetry!

    As always reading your work is grand pleasure.



  2. Dear Wendy

    This quite an evocation of being caught in that age-old should-I-stay-or-should-I-go dilemma, the magnification of all the tiny details that one — now acutely sensitised by the high stakes and emotions at play — would otherwise barely notice. Despite the title, it’s unclear that a decision has been made but clear that it is being actively considered.

    How well you capture it. Rich, poignant and quite lovely.



  3. Dear Craig

    I am glad you liked the poem and sincerely appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Thanks so much!

    Dear Sarah

    Thank you so much for your wonderful insight and comments on this poem! I am glad you can feel the essence of this piece through its details. I was aiming for that and am happy to hear it works! As always, you
    brighten my day with your response!

    Dear Maryse

    I am glad you enjoyed the poem and deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness! As always, I appreciate your stopping by to read my work. It means a lot to me!

    Dear Mark

    You have really interpreted this poem with such keen insight and targeted what I was hoping to achieve when writing this piece! Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your thoughts and insight. I really appreciate them!

    My Best to you all,
    Take care


  4. Hi Deb!

    So glad to hear this poem worked for you. I am very grateful for your lovely comment and appreciate you taking the time to read my work!


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