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Patricia Hamilton – 2 poems 

The Day Everything Changed

 

 

The English Professor Reminisces

 

 

 

In

 

the fifth

 

grade I longed

 

to become a writer.

 

 

 

But

 

now I

 

see my fate

 

was sealed the day

 

 

 

Mr. Cheney was called

 

away from class.

 

He handed

 

me

 

 

 

our reading group’s text

 

and told me

 

to carry

 

on.

 

 

 

🍃

 

Coffeehouse Elegy

 

 

 

The chair you sat in

 

belongs to no one

 

and everyone,

 

comfortably angled

 

toward its companion,

 

brown leather wheezing

 

hello and goodbye

 

as patrons perch

 

to sip their coffee,

 

then flit away into their day.

 

Yet now that you’re gone

 

that chair is yours, bearing

 

the weight of your absence

 

for the flock of nameless regulars

 

that swarm in each morning,

 

nod to one another,

 

then settle in to work or read.

 

Even a migratory customer

 

like the man with the backpack

 

who snored softly in the other chair

 

for two weeks last summer–

 

who can say where he flew off to?–

 

would, were he to alight again,

 

sense the empty shape

 

of your presence,

 

would recall you filling in

 

your crossword, absorbed,

 

or quietly studying your Bible,

 

looking up with a charmed smile

 

if someone you knew

 

stopped to greet you.

 

Mornings are chillier now,

 

but the golden autumn light

 

still pours through the window

 

and pools in your empty chair

 

as if waiting

 

for your return.

 

🍃

 


A California native, Patricia Hamilton lives and works in Jackson, TN.  Things that make her happy include travel, dark chocolate, and jazz.  She won the 2015 Rash Award in Poetry.  Her first volume of poetry, The Distance to Nightfall, is available from Main Street Rag Publishing.

By Heavenly Flower Publishing

Bindweed Magazine publishes two anthologies each year: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland. Bindweed is run as a not for profit, labour of love endeavour by an author/poet couple: Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert. Bindweed can be found at https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com

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