doug bentley


Father's Father


my grandfather
on father's side

came from edinburgh.

i can only remember
a few things about him.

i, a child: he, old man
who lived in the basement.

tall, thin, proud to be
one ancestor removed

from a builder
of firth of forth bridge,

that structure still stands.
ancestor doesn't.

anyway,
at this juncture,

i won't deviate
from established pattern -

bore you
with a lot

of trivial details,
childhood memories

of a man
my father

called
my father.

but i do remember
one night deep in winter

when grandfather
went for a walk.

when he came back
he had a shine on his face

that felt like the glow
one gets from family blood

and, ever since then
i've been haunted

by images of a searing,
blinding bat wings enfolded,

hovering over my family

just waiting to devour
one more forgotten ancestor

Submitted: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Topic of this poem: father


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  • Gold Star - 17,104 Points Valsa George (8/3/2013 5:00:00 AM)

    It is a delight going back to childhood memories! Those memories though fragmented they be, connect us to generations gone before! Enjoyed! ! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,668 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/13/2013 12:18:00 PM)

    Father's Father is a poem of intimacy, respect, and love. Bridge still stands. I enjoyed the poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,695 Points Heather Wilkins (7/13/2013 7:01:00 AM)

    a good read about ancestors. yes one leaves and another appears. (Report) Reply

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