Three Umbrellas


  • Grief

    Three Umbrellas

    September’s blowing wet again,

    Her army’s scudding by,

    In tattered regiments of gray,

    Parading past yon sea of blue.


    I grieve deep for my friend,

    Who’s watched his daughter die,

    Damn, it didn’t have to storm this way,

    It’s just what driving drunk will do.


    Apples driven to the ground,

    Hopes left dashed, too soon decay;

    Cold harvest without celebration,

    And that’s what makes it tough.


    Musing on a thought just found,

    Concerning chances for today,

    I’ve three umbrellas for my ration,

    And that should surely be enough.

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    REGINA2 commented on Three Umbrellas


    This is a very sad tale. I am so sorry for your friend's loss. At my mother's funeral, it was raining also.

    tierra7 commented on Three Umbrellas


    oh my Harv, this choked me up...very Powerful piece...thank you for sharin' your heart...Namaste..Tierra@}-'-,



    It was a sad day, but I got through it. No thanks to the plethora of umbrellas! Harv

    MindNumbing commented on Three Umbrellas


    The imagery here is fantastic, Harv... and the content is simply heartbreaking. You've done a beautiful job with this.



    I watched her father sing a gospel song in a public concert two weeks later - with a tear in my eye. Harv

    sk commented on Three Umbrellas


    Beautiful. Brought to mind that ine from 'Forrest Gump': "Sometimes there just aren't enough rocks"... that dealing with anger at injustice and something that never should have happened, and you figuring 3 umbrellas should be enough to shelter/protect you from lifes storms... great write.



    A successful man once gave out his secret: always have more than you need. . . . there is meant to be the ironic moment of awareness here, that material tools were not what I might most be needing at that moment. Blessings, Harv

    soulwriter commented on Three Umbrellas


    Shelter comes in many forms and many times I do not feel that I have enough umbrellas in my arsenal... this is inspiring and to this particular reader - it is enlightening. 10



    I'm glad this little effort resonated with you.

    Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

    Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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