The Address Remembers Poem by Sheena Blackhall

The Address Remembers

Rating: 5.0


The door remembers
the layers of bottle green paint
the brass-bulled letterbox
the glittering granite steps
the rhododendron bush
the shining number plate

The hall remembers
the echoes reaching the ceiling
the spider webs around the hanging lights
the coats stand with Zulu knobkerrie

Grandmother's room remembers
lily of the valley, lavender
peppermints and whiskey
prayers and hatpins
a velvet choker, an ivory elephant

The music room remembers
sub zero cold
the piano's polished face
an unlit fire
a frowning metronome


The parlour remembers
a sheepskin table cover
a back scratcher
a panting dog
an old mahogany sideboard

The loft remembers
secrets, the roof
a seaman's chest
torn lino
rows and rows of furs
an overkill clothing

The bedroom remembers
windows with frost fairies
the stink of Friar's Balsam
clammy sheets

The garden remembers
tom thumbs nodding
sparrows twittering
thistle and rosebriar waving
chives, heather and mint

The shed remembers
man things- tools and screws
a place for everything
everything in its place

The garden walls remember
studs of purple flowers
disembodied voices of the neighbours
the world kept at bay

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: memories
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Paul Brookes 13 November 2017

I love this personification of the life and lives of a house memories indelible within its fabric, indeed all the layers of paint and wallpaper hold memories of past lives and present A great piece of writing form an expert thanks 10+++

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Hassan Hayati 13 November 2017

I am thinking of a poem of old days, I miss the old days, this poem is touching. congratulations.

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Dillip K Swain 13 November 2017

Brilliant memories are demystified in this poem. A great poem

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Bernard F. Asuncion 13 November 2017

A well-penned poem of the day... congrats, Sheena... a huge 10++++

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Tom Allport 13 November 2017

a lovely poem about one's personal thoughts of how objects and places retain memories of past events? ..........wonderfully written Sheena

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 15 November 2020

Your amazing poem stunns me every time I read it. Simply a marvelous creation.

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upendra majhi 13 November 2017

wonderful imagining on remembrances.Congratulatiopns

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Edward Kofi Louis 13 November 2017

Memories of life! ! The door remembers! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Nudershada Cabanes 13 November 2017

Everything has a memory that is remembered. Beautiful poem.

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Bharati Nayak 13 November 2017

The shed remembers man things- tools and screws a place for everything everything in its place The garden walls remember studs of purple flowers disembodied voices of the neighbours the world kept at bay - - - - - - All the things around the house have some stories to tell.A stunning write about fond memories of childhood.

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