Homage by Bob Grove
Bleak skies hover over an old home
standing in silence, awaiting final darkness.
Once a proud family fortress
Sanctuary for her loved ones.
The bite of winter’s night left no sting
a hot poker stirred fireplace embers.
Crackling coals warmed hearth and hearts,
hickory smoke wound from the chimney.
Musk of baked bread wafted through her halls
a mother’s face smiled above a blue-rimmed platter
steaming potatoes and succulent roast
soft oven mittens shrouded her frail hands.
But now the pantry is bare
cold ashes line the dusty hearth.
Cobwebs, dampness, musty rooms.
Echoes of footsteps long silent.
A swing sways below a garden branch;
the children, too, have grown old.
The old home trembles under winter’s howl,
Succumbing to its icy mantle.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Bob Grove earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Kent State University and his Master of Science in Teaching at Florida Atlantic University. A public school teacher for 17 years, he was also an ABC-TV public affairs director and on-air personality, and the founder and publisher of Monitoring Times magazine.
A prose critique facilitator for the North Carolina Writers Network and an officer with the Ridgeline Literary Alliance, he has published 17 books and hundreds of articles in sixteen national magazines. His writings have earned several gold medals in the Silver Arts literature competition. You can visit him at bobgrove.org.
Thoughts for a Friend Who Recently Lost Someone Dear by Andrew Reynolds
We are their memories
We are their lives
When those we love
Have left us for the final time
In out hearts
In our minds
In our lives
There, they are still alive
Still with us
Still loving us
Still teaching us
And as long as we live
As long as we remember
And keep their love
And their spirit
They are never gone
And never will death truly claim them
Andrew Reynolds is a native of Illinois who has written in various mediums for the past two decades. He currently resides in Rochelle and is engaged in the final stage of rewriting/editing of his first novel “A Dream Before Dying.” This and other works of his may be found at: https://andrewreynoldssite.wordpress.com/