Our Old House

Our old house had paneling on the walls –
slick with lacquer
that peeled up at the corners
in thin, wispy sheets,
the shedding skin of a home in
metamorphosis.

We hung photos on the walls
so that there were sparsely visible
little brown lines
framing each memory.

We turned that paneling into
our projected hippocampus,
because we could no longer rely
on our mind to remind us
from month to month
that we did, in fact,
love one another.

Our conversation was an impregnated thing
growing silently between us
with each reviling word that slipped
off loose tongues
and shattered in the light of our
cracked bedroom window.

We carried Medusa
hidden behind our teeth
so when we opened wide to let loose
a barrage of violent expressions,
we turned one another to stone –
frozen in the ache that can only be caused
by one who loves us enough
to speak the truth
and use “Sorry” as an empty balm.

And the day we became I,
when the old Thunderbird rolled in heavy dust clouds
down the driveway,
framed by Summer’s green tongued corn,
I never packed our pictures.
I left them hanging in their little square blocks
framed by the yellowed ash from
our woodstove, because

we needed reminding of who we had been
and I
only wanted to forget.

© Laura A. Lord, 2016


I think it is true, that it is only possible to hate and to hurt those that we truly love. In that spirit I was reminded today of the past. Thank you to MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie for the wordle prompt.

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10 thoughts on “Our Old House

  1. Love these lines:

    We turned that paneling into
    our projected hippocampus,
    because we could no longer rely
    on our mind to remind us
    from month to month
    that we did, in fact,
    love one another.

    The message in this poem is truth and beautifully written. 🙂

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  2. we can hate what we love but hardly love what we hate.

    Living like ghosts in single home
    whispers faint
    with a brush of the shoulders.

    Haunted are the rooms with
    Siren screams
    of anger that punch the walls.

    Our home bleeding from wounds
    stupid reminders
    from hurting the one love.

    I just remember my blood dripping from the hole in the door..After that large screaming contest.
    Big hugs Lady Laura

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