7/2/10

Losing Mikey

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Death came out of nowhere, grief arcing across a bright blue autumn sky.
Your mother rocks in her chair, empty-armed, shattered.
Your father tightens doorknobs, oils hinges, mends tools, fixes every broken thing he can find.
It’s like watching a stunt plane in a spiraling dive,
bracing for a crash.
I steal the faucet washers.


~Nara Malone

This post was written for G-Man's Friday Flash 55. See what other participants wrote here.

13 comments:

  1. man...losing a kid would rock my world. its actually one of my greatest fears...nighmares and all...tight 55 though. intrigued by that last line...

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  2. Gotta keep him busy. As long as he's busy he's still in the air.

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  3. nara malone?
    That was very riveting!!
    Thanks for returning to the 55 fold...You rock!
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End, and God Bless America!

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  4. This is intense. A great 55. Thanks for stopping by to read mine. It brought me here which was a very good thing. I like good things.

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  5. Nora, thanks for your visit so I could find you! And you put down a sad "55" in a way that didn't make me cry, yet grasp fully the horror of losing a child.

    Masterful, woman. Thank you. It is almost as if your blog has been hiding itself from me--seems as if everybody else "knows" you.

    i am happy to be here, and will be BACH....

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  6. This is shattering drama! The desperate need to "fix" things enhances the desperate helplessness running amok inside everyone touched by tragedy! A beautiful piece of writing!

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  7. Every parents worst nightmare... and this is exactly how most of us would respond, now finding that we've lost our purpose. Well done!

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  8. What a vivid portrayal of how people try to deal with the loss of a loved one, especially how the dad tried to repair his broken heart by fixing every broken thing in the house.

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  9. Very deep and very powerful my friend. Well done. Have a great weekend :)

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  10. Beautifully observed and very touching.

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  11. Thanks for the thoughtful feedback everyone. I enjoy the Friday 55's and learn so much reading other blogs and from the feedback here. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and a great 4th for everyone here in the U.S.

    Welcome steveroni and Monkey Man...glad you enjoyed your visit.

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  12. You have a true gift. Thank you for sharing this lovely, if heartrending, poem.

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