Post-weekend Poetry 044: And In His Pockets by Marlene Caroselli

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the forty-fourth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by non-fiction author Marlene Caroselli.

And in his pockets

Fuchsia infuses the sky outside
His hospital room
And seeps into my memory banks.
With forced insouciance, I tell myself
It’s time to undo the emotional handcuffs.
With a heart strafed by loss,
I begin the final sorting, shifting between
Fugue and practicality.
Will I ever know answer to those pocketed questions?
 Why the scavenged toy?
Why the oft-mocked cross?
 Why the telltale coins that bespeak
Poverty…never of the soul or of the mind
But of the outcomes of his long labors,
Finally ended.


That was really touching, thank you, Marlene!

Dr. Marlene Caroselli is an author, keynoter, and corporate trainer. She has published over 60 books, including Jesus, Jonas, and Janus: The Leadership Triumvirate, and Principled Persuasion, named a Director’s Choice by Doubleday Book Club.


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