Written For Me

I found my name chiseled in stone.

Etched, maybe centuries before my first breath.

With a height chart I never grew to,

A certificate I never earned, still waiting,

My name just written there,

Wasted raindrops filling the curved loops of my undeserved title,

Moss growing, waiting for me to claim my due.

I found my name carved in stone,

Jagged rock worn smooth when he’d come to rub his hands across it,

With hope,

Or regret.

He dreamed of me.

Dreamed that someday I would dream for myself,

Until then, taking the time to write my name

Someplace it would remain

Forever.

I found my name, along with every tear he cried for me,

Every dream he kept alive for me,

Every day he sacrificed that I might live.

I found my name

But I didn’t go looking for it.

The man I sold my birthright to,

He told me he’d found the strange stone.

A stele, an ancient grave marker

Except only the dream had died.

 

Copyright Β© 2016, Karen Wright

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. I really like this poem of yearning and loss, of admiration for the fortitude and resolve of whoever fashioned this monument. One thing I don’t understand and perhaps its my innate obtuseness, ‘The man I sold my birthright to’,?

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    1. Run Wright says:

      In my poem, I am trying to capture regret – that I didn’t realize the value of my inheritance – until I sold the property and someone else pointed out its history. Just that now that I have learned to appreciate it, it isn’t mine anymore.
      It’s a theme I’ve written a lot of poetry about: Dreams from my father

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      1. Ah, the property angle, I got the impression it was just a stele or monument you knew of. At least I got the yearning and loss bit. It’s a really good poem, it wears those feelings well.
        Oh yeah, as a New Yorker, I think you’ll appreciate this 50 word story I wrote and it’s called, It’s Complicated.
        https://dermotthayes.com/2016/08/14/its-complicated/

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      2. Run Wright says:

        Haha. Great connection to my story collection. I love it πŸ˜€

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      3. May I suggest something to you? It’s a mistake every writer makes, myself included. You use past perfect when I think the simple past tense might have more impact. ‘jagged rock, worn smooth, when he’d come…why not, he came?

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      4. Run Wright says:

        You’re probably right. I tend to make things “complicated” πŸ˜€

        Like

      5. Run Wright says:

        Thank you. And… I just bought your book on Amazon. Tito’s Dead. I am intrigued by what I read of the plot but I also like to go into a book without too much info so I stopped reading the synopsis after a couple lines. I’ll read the novel next week and let you know what I think.

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      6. Thank you. One’s first novel is special, even if it’s no masterpiece

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