Monday, October 20, 2014

Granted they were just neighbors

                                                                                                   Attribution: Tess
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag (here)

MM Wordle #31 given words:
murder slope currency dismiss crunch 
lichen invisible neighbors recede enamel 

He cried murder when told of his mother
The slope of his mind gained currency
As they seemed unaware of his sentiments
And he had not dismissed them at all

His mother was the world of his life
He had not detracted from these thoughts
The crunch was the recent black out in the area
She was all alone and none came to her aid
Granted the lichen was thick around the house

How could his mother be invisible to them
Granted they were just neighbors
How could they recede to their private corners

Groping in the dark guided by enamel panels
She managed to make her way out of the house
Whisked to the hospital she made quick recovery
She was lucky some boys found her in the open
She was shivering and blue from the cold
He decided to stay and be directly responsible
He had the task of getting a job in the vicinity

For Tess' Magpie Tales #242
Mindlovemisery's Menagerie Wordle  #31 and
Kerry's hosting at Open Link Mondays at Real Toads


  1. Lots of sadness here...glad she made it though. Sad he has to move back home but it sounds like it must be done.

  2. Sometimes we have to do things that are out of our control

  3. How could his mother be invisible to them... Granted they were just neighbors. That's sad, and I bet it happens all the time.

  4. One never knows what one must do, until the moment comes to be. Excellent.

  5. Sad how we can live next door to someone and never see them...

  6. Yeow. This felt to me as though it was based on a true story. Raw reality of aging alone.

  7. Ah ... this is a sad one ... poor lady and good to know someone will now take care of her!

  8. An intriguing story, beautifully told...

  9. This is heart-breaking and reminds me of my grandma. My mom didn't want to put her into a nursing home so she hired nurses but she couldn't manage schedule nurses for the entire time she was at work. My mom lives out in the country. Well my grandmother broke both her hips and couldn't get to the telephone and so it was an hour before a new nurse arrived and found her. My grandma had to stay for a while in a home because of rehabilitation and she liked it so my mom decided to go through with it. My grandmother and her roommate were the oldest residents. Sometimes we do have to make very tough decisions and sometimes they don't end up as we expect. After my grandma went into the home they were actually a lot closer my mom visited every single day and they weren't at each other's throats as they had been when they lived in the same house. My mom had always thought if she put grandma in a home that she would never be forgiven but it didn't turn out that way at all. My grandma even started socializing which she hadn't done is a very long time.

    1. How touching mlm! Very true in the saying if not tried one will never know. The good fortune of your grandma to find it brought good tidings. Good company is always a positive element in any situation. Thanks for sharing!


  10. What a nightmare tale! Often our worst fears when caring for our independent elderly--that something will happen when we are not there to help.

  11. just neighbors is more than a little could thy not care...sadly that seems to be a sign of the times....

  12. A sad write...but your poetry is prose....beautifully written. :-)

  13. I love your use of the word "Granted." That reminder of how easy we can miss what to another is obvious... and how distant that can make us.

    And like Susan said, rather nightmarish... Great with pumpkin. ;-)

  14. This reminded me of taking care of my dad as he aged. The responsible is a great word and not everyone can rise to the occasion.

  15. The slope of my mind gained currency from this ! Is he a bullrider , regularly thrown ?

  16. hmmm. perhaps he is blaming others a bit too much - and not looking in the mirror. Seems like he if finally stepping up to the plate.

  17. My father was murdered in 1990 and no one would listen to me about it and called it suicide. Sorry but this made me think of it Kuatamun. If you write and make people think what better compliment is that? <3