Who is the serious man

Wrapped up inside a newspaper?

Outside, the sky is unbelievably blue

Moonface girl collects this memory

But who are you? 


To Glasgow moonface girl would fly

Through twilight in her parents’ car

The horizon low, grey and far

A tangle of orange lights can’t compare

With the magnificent moon’s solemn glare


Moonface girl collects memories

On a red sofa we siblings slept

When it arrived with Granny and Grandad

And all of their things as they wept

We were delirious with excitement

Granny hovered over as we snuggled and wriggled

If I should die before I wake, we giggled

Poor Granny sighed


Moonface girl collects memories

Usually hidden unheard at family gatherings

Her moonface in the curtains with the birds

Listening to Chopin or Danny Boy

Sing they cry

Half-serious, half-moon she sighs

They laugh and hug

The bonnie Dundee weaver appears

And the ruckus begins and then the tears


Moonface girl collects memories

Swinging on the branches with the birds in the curtains

Embarrassed English moon beams all over the place

She doesn’t know where to look


Moonface girl collects memories

Long goodbyes I-love-you-I-LOVE-YOU-sobs and sighs

Wet faces, wet kisses and hugs in the rain

Again and again


Mother clears away the tears

Dad dries up



The wide-eyed moon and the girl exchange glances

And quietly they steal away and take their chances

The piano, the tears, the songs

The giggles, the sighs, the long goodbyes

The red sofa, the newspaper, the rain

The birds in the curtains, and the blame

And all of this grief for you

Father’s brother, Granny’s son

All this grief for you

And long-gone skies, unbelievably blue

(artwork: Man Reading Newspaper Artwork  from popartmachine.com )

Thanks to dVerse: Poetics and the Beautiful Sadness for the interesting post, prompt, and links to other poets.  I thought this poem written a few weeks ago might fit!

23 thoughts on “

  1. This is beautiful..Different items, apparently unrelated (newspaper,red sofa, and the unbelievably blue sky!) are beautifully blended in your poem, capturing special moments in that flow of memories like a painting full of romantic sadness, which is actually the true essence of art. lovely!

  2. poemsofhateandhope says:

    So much nostalgia in this, as well as grief and sadness..all of which blend perfectly together to create that ‘beautiful sadness’ as created by D H Laurence in many of his poems…..and our do it in a balanced way- not depressing, but beautifully descriptive, melancholic, and emotional- great work

    • ooops I nearly lost this lovely comment as it went into the spam filter for some inexplicable reason. Thank you for your words – they are very much appreciated! It is great to rediscover Lawrence – and to have found so many other writers thanks to the task!

  3. You know sometimes, something in life you stumble across just makes you stop and go wow? I just had a ‘wow’ moment and they are few and far between. I simply cannot pay you great compliment than that.

  4. moon faced girl…nice character you developed in here…you gave her lots of depth with the memories of gramma and the couch…like that much…and her relationship with the moon…it is familiar yet magic….like….

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