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. Michelle says:

    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 says:

    This is beautiful Evelyn. x

  5. Louise Flaherty says:

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

  6. KellyK says:

    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 says:

    Beautiful poem …. So sorry for your loss

  9. Neasa cosgrove says:

    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. Anne Tully says:

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

  11. Darren Lynch says:

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

  12. orla says:

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

  13. susan says:

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

  14. emer whyte says:

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

  15. Laura says:

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

  16. Albert Obuya says:

    Evelyn, this is a brilliant piece of poetry!

  17. Claire says:

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

  18. Sharon Muldoon says:

    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.