The Road From Home

A tired room under a neon sign 

all John needed on a cold day in March.

An old wooden chair all he had

to sit with his memories.

Not yet forty and already past eighty.

The years showing in his pale blue eyes

as he walks with their ghosts.

The only company he keeps nowadays. 

Hitchin’ a ride on the devil’s back

when a stranger marks one of their own.

John’s feet grown restless

on the next road from home.

His mind splintering in the light

and their faces turned to the sun,

whispering sweet promises

of an eternity to fix the pain.

John stuck in a present he didn’t want,

waiting for his turn to join them.

It’s been five years since they left

without so much as a goodbye.

Left now with an empty house

and their picture on the wall.

Dust collecting in silent rooms

with no one to notice him gone.

©Brenda Baker ~ Caffeinated Ramblings 2017

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10 Responses

  1. -Eugenia says:

    Well done, Brenda. This is beautiful through and through.

    • CyberneticBlonde says:

      Thank you, Eugenia my love. I truly appreciate such wonderful words of support. I hope all is well with you. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. 🙂

  2. Tami says:

    Brenda – this broke my heart. What an incredible poet you are. Your poems always pull so strongly on my heartstrings. 🙂

    • CyberneticBlonde says:

      Thank you so much for those beautiful words of support, Tami. I hope it’s OK to say that your comment touched my heart in turn. Wishing you a wonderful evening and week ahead. 🙂

  3. sheldonk2014 says:

    What a piece
    Very powerful images
    Strong voice
    Simply beautiful
    As Sheldon Always

    • CyberneticBlonde says:

      Thank you as always, Sheldon! I love your comments and the manner in which they’re written. I hope all is well with you. I haven’t been on WordPress lately. I’ve been so busy with work and learning all that I can about running a successful blog that I haven’t actually done any blogging in a while haha 🙂 I look forward to getting back at it when things slow down for me. So that said, I appreciate you’re continued support. 🙂

  4. I commented by saying “wow” because that’s what I felt and I got a message my comment was too short lolol. Soooooo

    Wow wow wow wow 😉

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