Friday, April 30, 2010

Poetry Friday: Morning

Last week I wrote that I was adding a poetry book to my wish list. Yesterday the book arrived in the mail, purchased by a friend and reader. Wow! What a nice surprise! So far I am enjoying the book very much and I will post a review soon, perhaps for next week's Poetry Friday.

For today, in my new-found boldness, I am once again sharing an original poem.


I woke from a dream of him
to find myself alone in bed.

How banal is that?
How many women have done the same,
from how many dreams
of how many hims?

Maybe he was fighting a war (Iraq, Civil, Trojan)
Maybe he was with someone else
Maybe he didn't exist at all except in that dream
Maybe he was crushed under rubble when the house collapsed in an earthquake

And how many beds?

Beds big and small, comfortable and lumpy
Penelope's (the one Odysseus made out of a tree)
Beds in dorm rooms and apartments and lonely houses
Or on the hard ground, a mat shared with four children in a tent city in Port-au-Prince

I woke from a dream of him
to find myself alone in bed

What a platitude,
and how foolish to write a poem
about that moment
when I looked for him among the sheets,
that brief panic before I remembered.
And then the sadness.

Except that this time
it was my dream
and my bed.

by Ruth from

Here's today's Poetry Friday roundup.


Amy L V said...

Oh, this is heartbreaking and so simply and beautifully written. It made me think of many I love who are now feeling this feeling for different reasons. Thank you for sharing your words.

Janet said...


Anonymous said...

Not foolish.

It made me think of my mom.. she and my dad divorced after 28 years of marriage.

And of many of the Alzheimer's patients I used to work with who were in secure units while their spouses still lived at home.

And of the surviving spouses of my hospice patients after they had passed.

Poetry is powerful stuff.

Tricia said...

Sorry about the empty bed - may the hours until your Odysseus is back be short!

Mary Lee said...

Thank you for sharing this. You remind us that we can make our pain into art. (and here's a wish, along with Tricia's that time passes quickly)

denie heppner said...

beautiful. i love your poetry. very similar to how i write.

except better.

Carol Varsalona said...

What a strong and beautiful poem, Ruth.