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Poems of Life

A local poet shares his writings based on real life.

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Row After Row

March 3rd, 2013 at Sun, 3rd, 2013 at 4:56 pm by Ed Corrigan

Row after row
The undertow
Pulling me out to sea
A dead man’s float
One man’s hope
Is not to be.

Row after row
Tan square little
Pill boxes simple, plain
Nothing in between
One green house with
Shutters, a single spire
A few flowers are seen
Here and there
Blowing in the wind
A broken gate
Swinging, creaking.

Row after row
Plate glass window
Ancient mothers’ children
Propped up, prone in bed
Some hanging head
All plugged in
Tubing intravenous
Sustenance losing ground
Clear blue sky
A single white cloud
No rain, no rainbows
I walk on idly by
To hospice, cathedral, Amen.

Row after row after row
A gust of wind
Dries the throat, the eyes
Silently whispering good byes
Row after row after row
Unflappable stone heads
Not bending to the wind
The roses, the grass
Lean in
And brush my soul
The thistle and the tomb.

Copyright © ed Corrigan 2013
All rights reserved

I am Ed Corrigan and live in Maple Valley with my wife, Nona. We have two terrific sons - Joe and Tim - and three beautiful daughters - Kate, Sally and Sarah - and one cat named Omega. I've been writing poetry, on and off, since 16 years of age. Early poetic influences were Shakespeare and e. e. cummins. A more recent influence is Walt Whitman whose "Leaves of Grass" is the most amazing thing that I've ever read. Music has been very important in my writing and in life. I am not a musician but early on the singer/song writers Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson and Bob Dylan had a big impact on my poems. More recently, I've been affected by Miles Davis, Green Day, Alanis Morissette, Linkin Park and others. I love to write and its something that I need to do. A poet once said that a poem is not complete until its read or heard by another. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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