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Karen Friedland: Tattered Curtains

That sweet, New England-starchy old man 

in an ancient bathrobe 

who always reached down and scratched 

behind my old dog’s ears, 

who lived for years in that ramshackle green 

ranch-house down the street 


must have died, because they’re taking down 

all the big trees in his back yard, 

and next the shrubs, and now the small house itself, 

in just one day, 

that bore the same frayed, plaid bachelor curtains 

for years. 


And another old soul has gone up in smoke 

and drifts away, along with the souls 

of the big, leafy green trees 

that lived as if forever in his overgrown back yard.

Copyright 2019 Karen Friedland

Karen Friedland’s Places That Are Gone is available from Nixes Mate Books.

7 comments on “Karen Friedland: Tattered Curtains

  1. loranneke
    September 10, 2020

    A deeply moving, fluid, beautiful lament…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Karen Friedland
    September 8, 2020

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, folks–I really appreciate them!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Barbara Huntington
    September 7, 2020

    Such pain in so few words. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rosemaryboehm
    September 7, 2020

    So well done. Made me terribly sad. Beautiful poem.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Ricki Demarest
    September 7, 2020

    Beautiful poem Karen. A reminder to
    notice people and places everyday💗

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Jim Newsome
    September 7, 2020

    The poem creates such a sense of incantation, by using one long sentence, and then one shorter. Also, by repetition of Old: old man, old dog, old soul. It’s a situation we can relate to, spoken well. Flows onward.

    Liked by 2 people

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