He comes home from the woods......

They brought him home today
a broken man lies down
A small funeral is all there is just a few of
older folks in town

He worked the woods his entire life
well beyond the usefulness of timber
He once said " All this hard work my boy
sure keeps these old bones limber"

I got to go up to the cabin and take
inventory of whats left around
A few old flannel shirts is all
an axe ....and spiked boots worn down

The overalls of worn denim the
pipe and his tobacco pouch
Just a table and a single chair
no china no dishes no couch

On the wall the picture of a dark haired
girl beside it some well read love notes
Some ghosts from forgotten pasts
a simple man against the ropes

Though once I read the notes I realized
just what this man had
And then beside my mothers photo a child
and I knew he was my dad

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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Oh, this caught me by surprise, the ending where you share it was you dad. Very nice! You captured the hard work and simplicity and dare I say lonelines? of a man whose life was spent in the woods.

Voted up and beautiful. :)

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi VioletSun ,

Not exactly a true poem, close enough though. In the circles of our lives are many just like this man. And Gordon Lightfoot , sings a song ,"Home from the forest" about an old man like this . I had an couple of uncles who fit this mold pretty well. I hope you are well. Nice to see you.

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Freewind Ginger 5 years ago from USA

Just lovely! Wonderful thoughts.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Beautiful words which say so much for the writer.

Take care


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Wow, amazing.

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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Horseback, this was first class writing! It really is a great write and read.

smiles :)


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Was he a Lumberjack Ahorseback?

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b. Malin 5 years ago

Oh that was such a Beautiful and Poignant Read Horseback...Voted up!

marellen 5 years ago

Very touching poem and I think he was a happy man. Some people don't need much to be content....voted up as always....

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi ahorseback, this bought tears to my eyes, so beautiful, this has to be your best yet.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This had such a surprise ending, i must say i was shocked. I love poetry that tells a story. You do it so well. You have a gift. I must thank Freya for introducing you to me. Thank you.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Freewind Ginger, Thank you , I remember once in the early sixties before there were even "hippies " I had an uncle who worked in the woods and lived in an old camper beside a running brook deep in those woods. I visited once with my parents , he never married . Always kind of a loner. Although he came and lived with us a few years later and he used to let me drive his car when I was a teen. kind of like this poem. Thanks for reading and commenting.:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Eiddwen, Thank you for always sharing your kindness...:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Chspublish, thank you my Irish friend!!!...:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Bellawriter, I'm glad you like , nice to see you!....:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cardisa , Yes , among other trades ,my father was a lumberjack. As a kid I remember going to work in the woods with him , Trucks , log skidders , chainsaws, the whole shabang! He always seemed to have a sixpack of beer in a brook "chillin " somewhere for lunchtime! And a lemonaide for me......:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Thank you B Malin , Im really glad you came by and read this! :-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Marellen, I wish he was a happy man ! :-} He was though A happy worker. Thank you for sharing.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Movie Master , You humble me. Thank you so much.....:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Always Exploring , you are too kind, and thank you very much....:-}

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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

I can read the link between this poem and those three poems about your father right the way. The image of parents always so strong in children hearts, right? Beautiful poem, father. You are really deep poet.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Thank you Freya , We all know about the restless and yearning minds ,yes? At times I am way over-anylitical of all things. In this poem I used a song I love to compare in a way to my memories of youth. You are so kind and insightful! My beautiful daughter.:-}

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You capture the spirit of a man peaceful in solitude without being lonely and one who respects the wood and forest. And that surprise ending? Shockingly simple in its elegance.

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scarlettdragonfly 5 years ago from Newman, CA

This is just so beautiful :) I went back and read it three times! very, very heartwarming with a poignancy to it. thank you for sharing these beautiful words.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hyphenbird , Thank you for reading and being here! You're kindness is beautiful. And always appreciated. I hope you are well.:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Scarlettdragonfly , Thank you ! For understanding and for reading it three times , I owe you a hug for that!...:-}

daddysgirl 5 years ago

So beautiful dad! Some would picture a loner...for me, a man after my own heart....Grandpa!! Oh, I just love this write, I can almost smell his pipe, old spice cologne and hear that deep rumbling laugh! How I miss him, as I'm sure you do...love your daughter

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Daddysgirl, I remember so many things now , good and not so good! But we were blessed, wern't we? As I am blessed with you my beautiful girl!....oxoxoxoxoxoxoxDad

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