Last Week

Last Week

I want to wake up in last week.
Trees grew,
Cars purred,
Cats fought
And I looked forward
to my week off.

I want to wake up in last week.
Cutting up flash cards with Mum,
Ringing Dad to say:
We don’t need the guillotine
And him saying ‘Are you sure? I can
bring it anyway?

I want to wake up in last week.

I nearly said no when he
said ‘will we go for a walk?
I had things to do,
My daughter to collect from school,
And time was ticking by.

But time is always ticking by,
And it was a lovely fresh day
So away we went,
down the bypass, up the town,
home to Mum,
sitting in her chair,
finishing her book.

I want to wake up in last week,
the guillotine descended
his story ended
darkness fell.

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19 responses to “Last Week

  1. Beautiful Evelyn

  2. Beautiful piece – very sorry for your loss, Patrick.

  3. Evelyn stunning poetry I am in tears empathising with you on the loss of your dad, I had a precious bond with mine so I can somewhat feel your pain – your use of the word ‘guillotine’ so powerful. Take care of you. Thinking of you. Anne T.

  4. Patricia Maguire

    This is beautiful Evelyn. x

  5. Louise Flaherty

    Beautiful. Sorry for your loss. Deep are the memories, precious they stay, no passing of time can take them away.

  6. Thinking of you all. This piece is a beautiful reminder of your relationship with him. He will be missed. xo

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  8. Valerie Murray

    Beautiful poem …. So sorry for your loss

  9. Neasa cosgrove

    What a wonderful poem. I too lost my Dad aged 58. He was as passionate about all things English as you are. I know your pain. Thank you for sharing this piece.

  10. All my sympathy on the loss of your father.A timely reminder for us all.

  11. Personal, expressive, beautiful. So very sorry for your loss Evelyn.

  12. So sorry to hear of your sad loss – what a beautiful tribute to your Dad – may he rest in peace…..

  13. Dear Evelyn
    That is a truly lovely poem, pure of heart.
    I am so very sorry for your loss

  14. This is a beautiful piece Evelyn. So sorry for your loss x

  15. Very sorry for your loss Evelyn. May he rest in peace.

  16. Evelyn, this is a brilliant piece of poetry!

  17. I’m so glad you went for that walk with your dad Evelyn xx

  18. Sharon Muldoon

    A beautiful poem…. Captures how quickly life can change and the simple pleasures with loved ones. So sorry about your Dad’s passing.

  19. I feel the same way cuz, so glad you went for the walk. I had a few moments, I wanted him with us this week. I think he was in some cosmic way.