Images on Glass

“There it is!” she cried
rushing forward and pointing
in childish delight
at the faded green farmhouse
abandoned amid weeds and rusting farm gear
no glass remaining
in windows that greeted every morning
for over 100 years
roof near gone
sunken and missing shingles
still struggling to save the house
from the harshness of this tornado alley outpost
to the very end
porch crumbled
having been delighted to serve
the happy stepping
the home at end of a hard day trudging
the Saturday night dancing feet
of so many years
so many children
and grandchildren
seen now on glass negatives
of another time.
In that moment
I realize
my relationship to the house
isn’t just my family
my heritage in dimensions unseen
it is me
windows now requiring bifocals
roof white and thinner every year
porch wobbly and prone to crumbling
from all the happy dancing
miles walking
a few of them running
In time
I’ll be
only an image on glass.


About Sharon

Like anyone who lives long enough, I have experienced great loss and survived. I am convinced that my survival depends on my own participation in creating the reality I am living in, and I am determined to be a thoughtful and active participant/creator. These writings are my way of documenting that creation. As the song goes, "I will survive!" I chose the title Staying Vertical because I find that surviving isn't just staying on my feet physically. Keeping my thoughts and emotions on the vertical plane keeps me alive and moving forward. Thanks for joining me!
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One Response to Images on Glass

  1. Laura Haskell says:

    Sharon, you paint a picture so beautifully with words. It leaves me with a gut reaction of nostalgia. I can see those relatives living their everyday life. It is a wonderful gift to leave for your heritage. You are getting really, really good at this. You need to get the right people to see your work. It is elegant and downhome at the same time. It should be published.

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