ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Nice Old Couple - a poem

Updated on May 19, 2012


In the evenings they would sit together

he to the side of the fire

long slicing shadows obscuring

one side of his thin face,

a partial mask to her

chair facing the fire directly

her face down, always

down

her grey hairline serving as a mouth

protesting. . .what?

(she was sure she was protesting but

she could never remember what) .


It had been this way for so long

they seemed to themselves like

actors in a play without end that

refused scenes and acts and

other kinds of form,

rather

it was the mere truth of . . .

to be continued. . .. . .to be continued .


And so each night he read of economics and

wars and rising lowering stocks and bonds

with his polished glasses on his

half-face in the fire light .

She dreamt of wispy faeries dancing

with leering satyrs

on black silk sheets moist

from the last hour -

and she was sure

he could hear the violence of the

consuming blush next to him

by the fire .


When it happened

people were in shock. . .how could they?

. . .they were so nice!. . .my God !. . .

why. . .? my God ! and . . . my God !


As they shook their heads,

a drifting moon slid behind a cloud

a dog’s bark hung in an empty lane

an owl hooted softly in the walnut grove

by the river .

© robert cook








Popular

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Ha Ha Ha - Two eyes of one person. But I have been told that I have eye's in the back of my head as well.

    • moonfroth profile imageAUTHOR

      Clark Cook 

      6 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Shining - your last sentence is very much in MY particular ballpark at the time of writing, but I think the text opens up a lot of other interesting possibilities too. Thanks again. And---are the shining "Eyes" two eyes of one person or the collective eyes of two persons?

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      moonfroth - This was a very creative poem. Everyone reading it imagines something different and that is a true testament to wonderfully creative poetry. Your's draws the reader in and this one left me wanting more. I imagine they were tired of waiting and hurried the next faze of their journey along.

      Voting it up

    • moonfroth profile imageAUTHOR

      Clark Cook 

      6 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Thanks Lily

    • lilyfly profile image

      Lillian K. Staats 

      6 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Ah, now, that is POETRY!!!!! wonderful!!!!! Love yaz, Keep it going!!! love yaz, lily

    • moonfroth profile imageAUTHOR

      Clark Cook 

      6 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Diogenes, Cynthia. dmop (welcome!)-I thank all of you for very rich, and different, bearings on this poem. I thought when I wrote it that it might lend itself to multiple levels of meaning, and I'm pleased that that would seem to be the case.

    • dmop profile image

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      How could they; to be continued; and then cancel the season. It would seem that they were tired of waiting for the next chapter to be written so they wrote it themselves. Voted up, beautiful, and interesting.

    • cynthtggt profile image

      Cynthia Taggart 

      6 years ago from New York, NY

      So sensitive and loving a poem. Endearing too to read about the love we hold in silence and take with us in memories and quiet moments. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem. I voted up and beautiful.

    • diogenes profile image

      diogenes 

      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Keen insight...a bit near the bone for us, but...

      Better a rest than more suffering I guess.

      Really haunting inmagery..

      Bob

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)