GOING HOME

GOING HOME

My plane is airborne, headed south.

Memories march in and out of my mind–

like dogface soldiers.

I’d said goodbye to Mama, then Daddy,

who bent to hug my three year old son

not very long ago.

Emotion struck Daddy like blows.

He straightened, then turned too late

to hide moist eyes.  His blue eyes had

laughed when I was my son’s age.

Youth disappears like the dandelion fuzz

on the face of the wind.

Adams Field is windy . . . but the

planes’ wheels touch the runway

in a smooth landing.

“No, son, Papa’s not here . . .

to meet us.”

Uncle Jim’s brown pickup needs washing.

“Your mama’s taking it bad, ” he tells me.

“Is the wake at the house?” I ask.

He nods. “Like your daddy wanted.”

At the doorway, someone takes my

little boy by the hand.

“The casket’s gray. I never saw Daddy

in a coat and tie before. He’s so cold-looking.

Mama? Mama!”

Her warm arms engulf me.

© 2017 Freeda Baker Nichols

Daddy

10 comments on “GOING HOME

  1. Youth disappears like the dandelion fuzz

    on the face of the wind.

    artful imagery

    Like

  2. Emotional poem! But with a nice little rythm, which makes this poem so beautiful.

    Like

  3. Beautiful poem, so evocative. I love the imagery, especially youth disappears like dandelion fuzz on the face of the wind.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Powerful! You brought tears to my eyes!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Pat Durmon says:

    Wonderful poem, Freeda. You have some strong lines in it. Well done.

    Pat

    On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 9:35 PM, Freeda Baker Nichols wrote:

    > Freeda Baker Nichols posted: “GOING HOME My plane is airborne, headed > south. Memories march in and out of my mind– like dogface soldiers. I’d > said goodbye to Mama, then Daddy, who bent to hug my three year old son not > very long ago. Emotion struck Daddy like blows. He straightened, t” >

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