More silence than before

She is more silence with the
words more random than before,
repeated though.

I imagine it’s like mykorrhiza —
filaments devouring sense
and sentences, and her strength
that’s waned with weight.

She is happy though, and
I can see that music calms her
more than medicine.

I watch her tiny hands, that once
created pottery and weaved
Her hands that once had
battled nightmares, fought my fevers
have shriveled, shrunk.

And when I leave
I wonder how much more
than silence and her hands
that will remain to meet
next time I come.

Mushroom by Edward Weston

Mushroom by Edward Weston

A second offering of a character for Walt’s prompt at dVerse.

May 17, 2016

12 responses to “More silence than before

  1. Moved by this, greatly. I’m glad she’s happy- music is great for that, in any situation…
    How could we ever dream when we look up to someone that much that we will see those hands get feeble so soon

  2. Oh, how beautiful. She is beautiful, and your love and care for her are, too. I have never noticed until today how closely the words “poetry” and “pottery” are…how cool is that? We shape with our hands…

  3. Magical and moving, Bjorn! Just what I had in mind for this prompt. It brought out something special in your work. (Not that you needed the nudge!)

  4. Lovely. The ravages of time on mere morals – a reality visited upon all humankind … and thus, a universal theme. Poignant, tender and moving – so much so, in fact, I regard the piece deserving of a place amongst your best work.

  5. Really gut wrenching and moving to read ~ It can be heart breaking to ponder on the next meeting….An excellent share Bjorn ~

  6. This is beautiful…….hands that once were strong, now veined and seemingly smaller than when they tended to us — and now we tend to them. And yes, music seems to calm and heal —
    Beautiful …

  7. Outstanding poem and I felt so moved by this incredible write.

    She is happy though, and
    I can see that music calms her
    more than medicine.

    So true…and I agree music is more better than medicine.

    Music has the real natural medicine that calms the brain and relaxes our soul. 🙂

  8. Bjorn, this is so touching. I shuddered at this part :”I watch her tiny hands, that once
    created pottery and weaved
    Her hands that once had
    battled nightmares, fought my fevers
    have shriveled, shrunk.”, because it reminds me of so many dear people in my life, that are no more, and it makes me fear a lot and think a lot about my dearest, most loved grand mother.

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