…hope makes a different noise…


A lonely hand reaches deep and wide.

Eleanor Rigby waits at the window —

I slump with full awareness

that the window shuts her in,

her practiced sigh releases nothing

to the farther side where

hope could make a different noise.

The French girl twirls her rings

and teases hopeful troth

from the boy who learns too late

she is too much for him,

the boy who will slump alone,

later, at the café

where her friends have

no English words for him.

Old Hands 003

In like despair,

I shrink from such bandied silence

that fills my ears

and empties my heart,

I practice solitary sighs,

reaching deeper and wider

for the touch

that can tip the count to two.

January 18, 2017

[Only a few solitary sighs are enough to bring these reflections into mind. If you’re lucky, you can put your hand in the hand of one you love, no need to wave goodbye to loneliness.]

Inspired by

“Eleanor Rigby” — The Beatles, 1966

“The French Girl” — Ian and Sylvia (Fricker) Tyson, 1966


February 2017 in my first book of poems, Writing Rainbows: Poems for Grown-Ups, available on Amazon

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Love and sadness

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