Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Things I Miss Most

lily of the valleyImage by jamelah via Flickr

Things I Miss Most

Together with old age comes forgetfulness, people say. But I find myself invaded with memories - from my childhood and adolescence. I think we are more attentive to our surroundings when we are younger, we relate differently to places and people. I am glad I have so many precious memories and I'll do my best to imortalize them somehow. For now, I am writing "list poems" with all the things I had in life but I lost. It can be painful to remeber, but it is a meagre price to pay if you don't want to forget...

Things I miss most - I

I miss the passage between seasons,
spring creeping under winter's snow
snowdrops and crocuses
lily of the valley and frangrant lilac
the warm air
mellowing forward summer
walking into the woods
earthen, divine smells
moss and fresh leaves
a million insects buzzing
drunk on the perfumed grass
the icy water of the brook bubling
the changing colors of autumn
orange and red and soft brown
fading into the grey sky of winter
fat clouds full of snowflakes
falling on faces
frozen tears melting

But most of all
I miss the feeling of home
of familiar things
of known places

the peal of church bells
rippling the air
Easter and Christmas
full of laughter
families around dinner tables
ladden with food and crokery
that was handed down from mother to daughter

so many memories kept in tight sealed boxes
invading and painful
beloved things I miss most.

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Marla said...

"But most of all I miss the feeling of home of familiar things
of known places."

This is perfect!

Alone in Holy Land said...

Thank you, Marla (huge idiotic grin on my face). It means a lot coming from you...

Katherine Jenkins said...

Wow! I love the imagery here and the changes of the seasons and the touch, taste, smell and sight of it all. Do you ever get to visit your home? Beautiful!

Alone in Holy Land said...

Actually, Katherine, I hope this year in summer we'll travel to Romania. Needless to say I am soooo excited!

Lynne Walker said...

Thanks for this--it was great.

Nina Baker said...

I loved reading this! I've been focused a bit too much on the down side...

Nina B.


Paul C said...

It's sad how elderly people can gradually lose what they once held most dear. Hopefully the younger generations don't compound the problem with their parents and grandparents.