With mixed emotions rushing by Preparing to depart. To leave behind these ghostly walls. To leave behind my heart. The hallways drip with emptiness, My footsteps echo loud 'Cross mem'ries of a simple life Falls a somber shroud. Another glance into the bedroom Where we once acted love Those walls saw so much happiness Though now, nothing's left of The laughter which once resounded Twixt whispered forevers, Gentle caresses in the night, And promises to n'er Let the other cross o'er the Earth Alone, to face life's trials. But promises made during times O' joy, are just denial Of the pain a broken heart brings Preparing to depart The empty halls of ghostly love To face another start.
I agree with Isis.. beautiful, as always..but, as I read it..I can't help but feel the walls are not only physical structures, but visceral ones as well. Empty, but resounding memories of love shared there.
Actually, Chris, I liked this poem alot but Geeze, I guess living with Linda is starting to rub off on me a bit. While raw with emotion, I feel the flow could be tweaked to run a little smoother in just a couple of spots. Great title, btw, sets the perfect tone for the piece.
Thank you all for replying - this is in fact much older than even the date above indicates - it was written in response when a good friend wrote a poem for me about leaving my old house, one with many memories in the corners, and ghostly walls. In this case, the walls are again, both metaphorical and real ones. Metaphorical of course in the manner of walls around the heart - sometimes they're necessary for a person's continuing health - it's too dangerous to brood constantly over the pain - the erection of those walls can help block the pain until it's faded enough to e manageable. The walls of the home itself simply needed to be left behind. There was too much pain in every glance I took at a wall that once held pictures of a life that no longer existed.
Once again, thank you all, it's been a treat to see again the difference between where I was "then" and where I am "now."