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.

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

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: Saturday, July 13, 2013

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  • Bronze Star - 7,404 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

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