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Lamplighting Heritage

It is too bad that
you chose not to stick around
to see your fruits
drop and scatter, some staying,
growing roots, bounding with tradition,

others, rolling a bit beyond the fall
of your rejection

leaving twelve behind,
along with their mother,
was that such a very right thing
to do?

And what, I wonder, since having learned of you,
were you running to?  Or from?

In his eyes, the one man that I once believed
must have been very much loved by you,
for he in turn loved very, very intently
honestly, truthfully, sincerely,

you were ostensibly a non man
for he spoke not of you,
not even to his wife,
who apparently believed you dead
and in that way of things
not spoken,
he idolized his father-in-law
so I came to know only one grandfather,

and never questioned your non-existence.

Shortly before my father died,
I learned of you.

Curiosity is a queer thing, indeed.  Quietly I
have harbored only thoughts of you,
not loving thoughts,
but what you left behind in your heritage of
genes that persevere and allow,
no, force me to
wonder at the running away of my own
progeny.

Let’s take heritage into consideration, then.

Gathering from one remaining male member of
those you left behind,
or so his story goes,
without heartbreak,
briefly,
one night, after dinner, you markedly left
the table, took a lamplight,
hung it on the front of your truck

and followed the beam of firefly’s light
into oblivion.

Strange, how we blame kids today for doing
bizarre acts, and talk openly of their disappointments
to the rest of us…

Stranger still, how disappointments of the past
were hidden in family boxes of Pandora nature
and acts like yours,
never discussed,
though
silently cussed.

One of your sons
followed your lead – to shame?

the eleven that remained? They raised wonderful
sons and daughters, and the one son that did
not have children,
loved us all.

So curious am I
that your genes were strong enough
to discontent some
of your
grandchildren’s children’s children.

Seemingly, your wife's genetic
character was a little
stronger.

Shall I surmise, then,
that the whole picture before you
was even less of a consideration
than
what you had left behind?

~*~

My muse fails to come back from summer vacation,
so to those who have asked me to "post something soon..."
here's a little something from the archives, (c) 2001.




© Copyright 2008 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 07-20-2008 07:18 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Well, you stirred my curiosity too with this intriguing write, dear Karilea.

Why does a man move away like this? He couldn't cope anymore with such a big family maybe. Funny how you made me think of the Swiss Patron Saint St. Nicholas of Flue, who abandoned his wife and his 10 children when he was 50 as a consequence of a mystical crisis and retired to be a hermit. See if you are interested: http://www.bruderklaus.com/?id=209 .

So maybe your grandfather had a sudden call too? Who knows.

We can't judge, as we don't know the reasons ... but I understand the awkwardness of such a situation. And you rendered it in a very captivating way.

And you know what? I developed sympathy for this man while reading.

Love,
Margherita
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2 posted 07-20-2008 07:42 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

So did I, Margherita, wonder about they whys and wherefores of his life. After writing this, I learned a bit more about the man who could have been my grandfather, had he stayed;

It was in the late 20's and early 30's that such things went on with many familys in the USA; but I know that the depression hit many families world wide, very hard. It was not a national monument to time just in the USA; it was indeed a world wide catastrophe.

I think that when I wrote this, all I could envision at that time was the estrangement of it all; and that my children would not know of a failure in their life; and that some matters can be forgiven: my grandfather tried to contact his sons when he was dying in the mid-1980's, but my father, the youngest son, could not forgive him.

It was a very dark time, and he would not talk of it. It was only after my father died, that I talked to a younger brother, and I understood, personally of family, that some tragic moments must be forgiven, for sometimes it is true; we know not what we do.

However, it still hurts, because it pained my father so.

I will follow your link...and thank you, my friend, for reading...and for the most positive response.



" It matters not this distance now  " Excerpt, Yesterday's Love
~*~
KRJ
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Karilea that is quite a biography that you have written here in which you have put a lot of thought. In nearly all families

there is usually a skeleton or two in the cupboard but I think they are better left there.  Love to you my dear.

Lindsay
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4 posted 07-20-2008 09:55 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Lindsay,

Thank you so much for your kind response.

A long, long time ago, my grandmother cautioned me not to look to far into my ancestry; that it could be filled with Blackbeards and others of such ill repute.

She never deemed unto herself that there could have been gentle folk, as well.



Thank you!

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5 posted 07-21-2008 07:46 AM       View Profile for nourzihane   Email nourzihane   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nourzihane

..... sunshine......


The letters and words are finish to comment on your subject and what I found here is
The fact unimaginable

I will try serious next times to
bring with me the thank's  vocabulary


All I have now

Is to say you're wonderful

accept my pass

nourzihane
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Nourzihane,

a most appreciated comment, thank you!

Karilea

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LIKED IT
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A VERY interesting Write Sunshine!



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9 posted 07-23-2008 12:43 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Vandana,

thank you for stopping by;

Artic Wind...

So very glad you enjoyed. Thank you!
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10 posted 10-02-2010 01:26 PM       View Profile for rwood   Email rwood   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for rwood

Poignant rendering from the heartbox, dear poetess.

There seems to be something, an ache, a pondering, a photograph, an embroidered piece of cloth, an old book or handwritten note etc. that points to someone missing in our lives. Sometimes there's too much of them missing to know who we're missing, and sometimes that's what that person wanted or might have reasoned. Even if we don't understand why.

It's amazing how such disappearances grieve us to no end with their absence. Those who are there to the end are really filling more than their share of a presence. They tend to be put in the position of having to love enough for the missing, too.

We never know all, but each moment we are able to keep loving, despite the odds or missing pieces, adds value to our time here in this world.

Thank you for sharing a look into your poetry-book of family. Wonderful title and read. I really admire the way you embrace your loved-ones.

Hugs and love,
reg
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Reg...

it makes me wonder what pulled you to this particular poem at this particular time. What were you looking for?

I appreciate your comments...in my world, all of your thoughts are good.

I am so very glad you are one of those adept readers who not only see between the lines, but hear the heartbeat within.



K
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Hey Karilea,

You left a link for me in philosophy and I'm glad I followed it.

We have much in common with the love of family.

Thank you for your kindness. You've always been a light for me here. Can't help being drawn to the warmth.

Happy Sunday, poetess.

always,
reg
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