Sheena Blackhall

Gold Star - 4,712 Points (18/8/1947 / Aberdeen)

Emigration Stone - Poem by Sheena Blackhall

Great grandfather stood like a stone
As the ship crossed the horizon
To dropp off the world as he knew it
His shovel beard, his barrel chest
Heaving a little, wordless

Letters would come in litters, like little puppies
From his lost children, Look at me, look at me,
But never bound at his heel in the surly mud.

He could use the pages to line his heavy boots
Softening the lonely walk behind the plough

He could use them to plug the holes
Where the rats came, gnawing away at his heritage
Loss, tugged at his heart like wool on thorns

Few now, to pass the salt, to chide, to praise
His saplings gone. The sky a red pyre, bleeding
What is a patriarch without a clan?

Comments about Emigration Stone by Sheena Blackhall

  • Shimizu Mizuhala (5/25/2017 10:19:00 PM)

    Reminds me of my grandfather, really moving poem.Thanks! (Report) Reply

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  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (10/17/2016 1:07:00 PM)

    Beautiful - particularly, the last two lines! (10) (Report) Reply

  • (10/17/2016 11:15:00 AM)

    What is a patriarch without a clan? Very touching question. So are the realities of life., sometimes.
    Heartiest Congrats on the Poem of the Day.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (10/17/2016 10:04:00 AM)

    It is really hard and sad to leave ones land and go through much tribulations to adopt a foreign land. One always misses those who stay behind. Very nice. Congrats for poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Kenneth Maswabi (10/17/2016 6:08:00 AM)

    It's a sad situation for those leaving and yet again it's painful for those staying behind. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/17/2016 4:40:00 AM)

    The clan
    Emigration! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Col Muhamad Khalid Khan (10/17/2016 2:25:00 AM)

    Emigration Stone
    Congratulations for poem of the day. A very good poem Sheena. Well done
    Col Muhammad Khalid khan
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  • Robert Murray Smith (10/17/2016 12:42:00 AM)

    Emigration Stone
    Congrats for poem of the day. A very worthy poem of high worth. You have an understanding of those folk who left home for other lands in earlier times. Also, a knowledge of their trials and tribulations. Great poem.10

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 27, 2011

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