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from "Watchng", a suite of poems for my father John, 1937-2013

IV

Strange to watch you Dad, become a stone.

In childhood, you were our rock;

we climbed you, we clambered over you,

we built our home 

on you.

Now the wind weathers you,

time, rain and hail hammer you;

you don’t flinch.

Moss grows on you, insects burrow 

into the deep-lined cracks of your face.

I enter the room;

you don’t respond.

And my small mother, determined,

hauls you this way, hauls you that way,

rolls you to where the sun can warm you;

you don’t flinch.

and I leave you both,

you, unmoving, but leaving,

and my mother, a tender Sisyphus,

rolling our rock 

up the hill.


Giles Abbott
(more poetry at www.gilesabbott.com )

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At 8:46pm on January 13, 2011, ralph morrison said…

hey giles...im computer illiterate and slow  to learn  some times, but i am user friendley and i hope...thank you for asking to be my friend on the site , im honored !!! i try to be user friendley and dont mean to be neglectful nor rude , so please forgive my tardiness in your request and welcome to the site...i too am new to the site , however not to stories , the tellers or the world thereof and you can pick my brain anytime... i like your voice , it is kind and gentle...   ralph

 

 

At 4:03am on January 6, 2011, Chloe (Midnight Storytellers) said…
Likewise, m'dear! I confess I go to FaceBook before here, but it depends how much displacement activity I need! :) Best wishes for 2011. x
At 6:08pm on September 4, 2010, Linsabel Noguera said…
hi, Giles
Thanks for contact me.
I enjoy your videos so much.
=)
At 7:42am on September 2, 2010, Cíntia Moreira said…
Hello! Nice to meet you! Tell me about your work!
At 1:02pm on August 30, 2010, Eka Yuliastika said…
Hi, Giles.
Thank you for finding me, you are great storyteller
I like your the Diedre story video
At 10:54am on August 23, 2010, Amanda Danning said…
I am not a story-teller but am very excited about including a story-telling event to our annual "live Oaks & Dead Folks" cemetery tour. Do you have any suggestions on how to make it an interesting idea in which story tellers would "want" to participate.
At 9:03am on August 23, 2010, Amanda Danning said…
How kind of you to befriend me! I am sure you know little of me but I would be very interested in finding out more about story telling and you. Please, write more.
At 7:03am on April 12, 2009, Deirdre Foster said…
hi,
i like your story!!
well done
Deirdre
At 1:30pm on April 3, 2009, Gorg Kumar Chand said…
Promote you? Giles, I would sing your praises off the tallest mineret to the darkest dungeon. Why, Because that's what friends do. Diedre of the sorrows, was excellent at the F at E, Well done.
At 6:09pm on November 23, 2008, Cat Weatherill said…
A reason to tell an old story... How interesting! I never look for reasons; I work completely by instinct. If I like it, I tell it - simple as that. I suppose I choose stories that resonate at an entirely personal level and believe that human emotions don't change, no matter how many centuries have passed. I just like the idea of taking an old story - something that would have captivated medieval audiences - and making it shimmer anew for modern listeners. Yes, the stories I have mentioned are classified as medieval romances. Cat x
 
 
 

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