Patrick Dennis


To M


My memories are yesterday in the fern place
under the great convent house at Clermont,
going out for the last time from the lash
and curse of nuns. Unrehearsed, you come to me
hand outheld with my maroon Onoto pen.
'You forgot this' you said. 'Thanks' I said
and was gone.

A boy has tidings of manhood at twelve
long before he's able to play his own scripts
and scenes of heroes. At twelve his spirit stirs
to fret awake- - -well, no mind. A scene, I say,
at twelve scripts for otherworlds - and girls.

Thus in the week before my fern-place exit
(the languor of year's end having deformed
the discipline of nuns) I remember
lying midday on my dormitory bed
and you sitting at my feet building me a man
from the play-treasure of your heart.
Before that we passed - do you think? -
perhaps four years without a touch or glance;
no, barely a word. You and I were just once met
and the stunted goodbye forty-one years ago.

Oh, I have a great memory for trivia, it's true.
I take all my life and meaning from it.
I build to greatness on small things.
Now a random goodbye echoes back
along the corridors of a bruised, abandoned life
to when you and I, never to be,
played - - played - - ah, how would you say?
A gentle heart melody, let it be.

Trivia now tears to the extremity of my middle age
and breaks to the memory of little things.
Now I have crashed down through the veil of forgotten days
to the father of memories. New born now
all my yesterdays remember you.

Submitted: Friday, January 24, 2014
Edited: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Listen to this poem:

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (To M by Patrick Dennis )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  5. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  6. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  10. No Man Is An Island, John Donne

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Ever Hike in Hope, Pintu Mahakul
  2. The Past, Eugene Latumbo
  3. Lovely Hand, Pintu Mahakul
  4. There you are, Cee Bea
  5. Memories:, Gaurav Pandey
  6. Loneliness, Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
  7. Christmas Tree, Zoila T. Flores
  8. I Did Not Ask Him, But Said He, I Am A M.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  9. An Umbrella, Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
  10. Cloudless Rain, Aftab Alam
[Hata Bildir]