Anymore

She doesn’t live here anymore
In this dark, empty place of
Broken-promise windows,
And doors half-shut
On tomorrow’s faded dreams
That hold no future.

Jaded termites feast on
Sad, mistrustful walls.
Wormwood floorboards sag
Under pretentious pulpy lies,
While the patched and parched roof
Is slowly caving in on it all.

The only thing yet
Standing proud and tall
Is the rusty chainlink fence.
A survivor of countless wars,
It girdles the old, forgotten house,
Keeping the monsters at bay.

Though…
She doesn’t live here anymore.

©️2019 KT Workman

Photo via Pixabay

Comments

19 comments on “Anymore”
  1. Anonymous says:

    This is an amazing piece of writing Kathy.
    My first thoughts on reading this is that,
    She, was one of the monsters the chain link
    fence kept at bay. Kept her locked in.
    Anyway, right or wrong, I like my version. ☺️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. KT Workman says:

      Hi, Alan. I think the reason it didn’t show up is because both comments needed to be approved because they showed as coming from “Someone”, and not you.
      Thank you very much for your insightful comment…I think you pretty well got it right. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  2. 1sojournal says:

    Yes, memories can become old and dilapidated houses, keeping an individual locked in or out. Love your line upon line of sense imagery that allows the reader to see that house for what it is. And grateful for that last line that she no longer ‘lives’ there.

    Elizabeth

    Liked by 1 person

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth. She doesn’t live there anymore, but still visits from time to time.

      Like

  3. jccast says:

    Visually and musically (pretentious pulpy, patched and parched) intriguing, as usual, Kathy.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you muchly, J. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Ihagh G. T. says:

    sorry, wanted to say: very touching and well written… if the writing continued and was used to describe the horrors of war and other details, it could be even much more emotional

    Liked by 1 person

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful response.

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Linda Workman Smith says:

      I believe the horrors of war would be best served in a separate work…

      Liked by 1 person

  5. “She doesn’t live here anymore” says so much. What a lovely and descriptive piece!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you so much!🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  6. lawrenceez says:

    Powerful piece of writing. I felt the bleakness.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you very much. 🙂

      Like

  7. Anonymous says:

    These well-placed words have a Thomas Hardy feel about them. And he is one of my favorite poets.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. roninjax says:

    Excellent words KT. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you! Sorry for the late reply…I just found your comment in my spam folder.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. roninjax says:

        Thank you. I know what you mean. I miss some of the posts and comments sometimes as well. I forget to check the spam folder. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  9. Linda Workman Smith says:

    Just now finding some of your words….you amaze me sister.

    Liked by 1 person

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