I awake at 6am. It is dark.
Did I sleep? I don’t know.
I look outside and find
A faded watery dawn.
Pale light filters through a syrupy fog.
A weak promise of a sunrise.
I see the ghost tree and it looks different
Than it did before.
My state is altered. Nothing is the same.
In slow motion, I take a shower.
I wash my hair. I put on make-up.
I get dressed. I am a robot.
We drive through a frozen, white world.
It is quiet. There’s nothing to say.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,
I think to myself.
We arrive and enter the church.
Noise and reality slice through my brain.
We sit. We stand. We pray. We sing.
Many are weeping.
I stand and float to the front.
And look up to a sea of sad faces.
I begin to read,
“Stop all the clocks … cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking … with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos … and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, … let the mourners come. ”
“He was my North, my South … ”
I continue to the end,
“The stars are not wanted now: … put out every one;
Pack up the moon … and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean … and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can … ever come to any good.”
And float to my seat.
A slow, silent ripping of reality, separates time.
An ending and a beginning –
An ending of you – of us.
A beginning of life without you
Entering a life
Of dreams and memories.
From February 17, 2006
Lovely and chilling. Thinking of you.
Thanks, Suz. I just found this in a “Writing” folder and had forgotten about it. After 9 years, I decided to post.
Lovely. Haunting. A little sad & mysterious. What was the inspiration? Did you write it all at once or work on it over some time?
I wrote it about and after Andrew’s funeral service on 2/17/2006. Still editing. :O