Losing Mikey

2 Jul

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Death came out of nowhere, grief arcing across a bright blue autumn sky.
Your mother rocks in her chair, empty-armed, shattered.
Your father tightens doorknobs, oils hinges, mends tools, fixes every broken thing he can find.
It’s like watching a stunt plane in a spiraling dive,
bracing for a crash.
I steal the faucet washers.

~Nara Malone

This post was written for G-Man’s Friday Flash 55. See what other participants wrote here.


13 Responses to “Losing Mikey”

  1. brian July 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    man…losing a kid would rock my world. its actually one of my greatest fears…nighmares and all…tight 55 though. intrigued by that last line…

  2. Alice Audrey July 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    Gotta keep him busy. As long as he’s busy he’s still in the air.

  3. G-Man July 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    nara malone?
    That was very riveting!!
    Thanks for returning to the 55 fold…You rock!
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End, and God Bless America!

  4. anthonynorth July 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    This was so deep and powerful.

  5. Monkey Man July 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    This is intense. A great 55. Thanks for stopping by to read mine. It brought me here which was a very good thing. I like good things.

  6. steveroni July 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    Nora, thanks for your visit so I could find you! And you put down a sad “55” in a way that didn’t make me cry, yet grasp fully the horror of losing a child.

    Masterful, woman. Thank you. It is almost as if your blog has been hiding itself from me–seems as if everybody else “knows” you.

    i am happy to be here, and will be BACH….

  7. Gemma@Greyscale July 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    This is shattering drama! The desperate need to “fix” things enhances the desperate helplessness running amok inside everyone touched by tragedy! A beautiful piece of writing!

  8. Felicitas July 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    Every parents worst nightmare… and this is exactly how most of us would respond, now finding that we’ve lost our purpose. Well done!

  9. Peter Stone July 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    What a vivid portrayal of how people try to deal with the loss of a loved one, especially how the dad tried to repair his broken heart by fixing every broken thing in the house.

  10. Thom July 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    Very deep and very powerful my friend. Well done. Have a great weekend 🙂

  11. jabblog uk July 3, 2010 at 2:03 am #

    Beautifully observed and very touching.

  12. Nara Malone July 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Thanks for the thoughtful feedback everyone. I enjoy the Friday 55’s and learn so much reading other blogs and from the feedback here. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and a great 4th for everyone here in the U.S.

    Welcome steveroni and Monkey Man…glad you enjoyed your visit.

  13. Tibby Armstrong July 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    You have a true gift. Thank you for sharing this lovely, if heartrending, poem.

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