A Snail in My Prime

I have been tagged teamed by Tyler Clark of Youngstown Renaissance fame and his lovely mother Jan of Amazing Adventures fame to pick the nearest book and post two to five sentences that follow the fifth sentence on page 56.

If you’ve been reading my blog you know I have been struggling mightily with stress, unemployment and poverty. What is not written is the depth of my heartbreak and heartache over my relationship with my oldest son. In times of heartbreak I turn to poetry so it is no wonder that to my immediate right is a collection of books by Mary Oliver, Adrienne Rich and Paul Durcan.  In a perfect replication of the hurt upon hurt within my heart Paul Durcan’s A Snail in My Prime is atop the pile.

Page 56 – from The Daughter Finds Her Father Dead

“Remember to wake me at 8:30 a.m.

Remember to wake me at 8:30 a.m.”

The day that father died

At 8:30 a.m. I went up to wake him

And I thought at first he was dead:

Edited to add:

I am supposed to tag six people with the same meme, but let’s mix it up – if you lurk or comment regularly please leave your favorite poem.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tyler
    Oct 16, 2008 @ 10:12:30

    Thanks for playing! And I enjoyed the unexpected twist of poetic nostalgia.


  2. pamajama
    Oct 18, 2008 @ 16:56:54

    I’m sorry to hear about the issues with your son — no man makes more of an impact on your life than your own child! As you know, I’m not a great one for family advice — lol — not a lot of success from this direction on that one.


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