The house is not the same since you left

Charles Cowling

Posted by celebrant Evelyn Temple

 

THE HOUSE IS NOT THE SAME SINCE YOU LEFT

BY HENRY NORMAL

 

The house is not the same since you left

The cooker is angry – it blames me

The TV tries desperately to stay busy

But occasionally I catch it staring out of the window

The washing-up’s feeling sorry for itself again

It just sits there saying “What’s the point, what’s the point?

The curtains count the days

Nothing in the house will talk to me

I think your armchair’s dead

The kettle tried to comfort me at first

But you know what its attention span is like

I’ve not told the plants yet

They think you’re still on holiday

The bathroom misses you

I hardly see it these days

It still can’t believe you didn’t take it with you

The bedroom won’t even look at me

Since you left it, it keeps its eyes closed

All it wants to do is sleep

Remembering better times

Trying to lose itself in dreams

It seems like it’s taken the easy way out

But at night

I hear the pillows weeping into the sheets.

 

 

 

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Juliet Hemingray
3 years ago

We heard a few minutes of you on Radio 4 tonight and were transfixed by your perception of life and wit.
Thank you for cheering and challenging us all in a few seconds.

Juliet Hemingray

erica
erica
4 years ago

Me again. This is a wonderful way to say how much I miss him and hurt so much. THANK YOU.

erica
erica
4 years ago

OH! How so true and so meaningful. Anyone know where I can get a copy, please?

Deirdre
Deirdre
4 years ago

This is grief indeed.

boo
boo
5 years ago

thank you it was wonderful to look at death in that way, i keep on reading it to find other items that miss him, as they were most definitely his and still sulk that he is not using them and just wont work for me
,
what a wonderful way to look, at it

Evelyn
Evelyn
5 years ago
Reply to  boo

It’s often in the night that the silence speaks loudest…

sweetpea
sweetpea
8 years ago

Thanks, Evelyn, another one for the collection!

Belinda Forbes
8 years ago

Evelyn – love it!