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Fire Engine Red

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Corinne
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0 posted 12-12-1999 02:24 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Corinne

Glass trinkets on a sill
Cobalt jars, jade jugs,
Amber faces of presidents
LBJ and Nixon memorialized
On salt-n-pepper shakers
Dreaded childhood visits

Lonesome lackadaisical lady
With her “Fire Engine Red” wig
Siamese cat snatched it up
While she snored loudly
Covered chintz couch
Perfectly bald, mouth agape
Cruel kids cackling,
Sharp eyes sponging

All night cocktail hour
Lawrence Welk blaring
Peanuts sparingly served
Wooden bowl on glass table
Cloying White Shoulders
Triggering bad memories

Disappointment de jour
Uninspired callous wit
Pining for a dead father
Slurred salutations,
Her hand held high
Glass of vodka on ice
Rattling tall bottles
So carefully chilled
As though running out
Might signal disaster

Reclusive last days
Escaping at night
Fast food receipts
Car wallpaper

A neighbor called
After it was over
I imagined
Flames flicking
Glass shattering
Searing last breath
Echoes elongated in
Ashen shadows

Unforgettable stench
Sliding glass door now
Wavy Object de Art
Charred, crispy casualties
Glass knick-knacks
Melted mysteries
Plus six liters of vodka,
Saved by the refrigerator

© 1999 Corinne Bailey

© Copyright 1999 Corinne - All Rights Reserved
Nan
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1 posted 12-12-1999 07:36 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Such a sat testament to a life, Corinne - Isn't it odd the insignificant details we remember...??
Marge Tindal
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2 posted 12-12-1999 09:57 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Corrine -

I felt the tragedy in this.
You have written well of the lonely
desperation of one consumed by consumption.

This is a heartfelt piece.
Your portrayal was vivid.

The saddest thing is that it is unfortunately not an isolated event.
Thanks for sharing.


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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lostboy
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3 posted 12-12-1999 10:00 AM       View Profile for lostboy   Email lostboy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lostboy

Wow Corinne, I could see as I read, all this unfolding. Very sad indeed.
Saxoness
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4 posted 12-12-1999 10:02 AM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

Somehow saying this is a wonderful poem just doesn't fit...so I'll say it's a definite work of art.

 "Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot

U K Hero
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5 posted 12-12-1999 10:18 AM       View Profile for U K Hero   Email U K Hero   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for U K Hero

Enjoyed the read Corinne.
Its a style I'm still trying to get the hang of and I have to say you've handled it beautifully.
hoot_owl_rn
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Wow, this is absolutely packed full of visual imagery. Well done  
Denise
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7 posted 12-12-1999 03:59 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Sad tale.  Well done, Corinne.

 Denise


Mike
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8 posted 12-12-1999 04:08 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Very impressive work.  Enjoyed.
 
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