The Oak Dining Table.......

Dragging my fingers along the edge of the
old dining room table
I can see you now
and I think of them....... my family and the years
of memories and conversations
Initials carved in small hidden places
knife cuts along the under edges
Mother drinking coffee and laughing at
something someone
said........Father drinking again....
spilling his drink off the side.......
And yelling at someone....
You're bouquet of lilacs each
springtime
A brother runs by and slips
beneath the table crying.......
Thanksgiving again the ground floating
in dead and dieing oak leaves.......
A scattering of memories
But the table withstood things
that a man could not
The table made memories for dozens of people
and how many thousand
meager meals......
The Table I saw again the other day....and I
know it will outlive us all........


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Aren't those family furniture pieces really friends? Just seeing them brings back so many memories, both sweet and bitter. Your wording makes your childhood live again. It is beautiful and worth rereading over and over.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hyphenbird , Maybe thats it , a childhood over again? You are so kind!....Still.:-}


Becky 5 years ago

I don't have the table but I have the dishes we used for Occasions. They are cherished because my Grandmother let me serve tea to her friends when I was little.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Becky , I think we are so lucky that little traditions can build big memories , don't you?:-}


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Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

You did it again! We also had an oak table! We are twins! I found my secret twin on hubpages! I loved the part in your poem about the oak leaves. It tied your poem together with the title. Keep on writing!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hello Francesca , Thank you so much , I am lad we found each other...:-}

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