Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the twenty-ninth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by multi-genre author Micki Peluso and inspired by true events.
About the Dove
I’ve written much about Noelle
Shamelessly bared my very soul
Epodes of sorrow, epoch in Hell
Each one a grievous episode . . .
But I forgot to tell you about the dove
Abysmal pain her leaving caused
With searing hurt and nights insane
A man oblivious to laws
A driving drunk, a country lane . . .
But I must tell you about the dove
My son it was, I think, that day
While walking home from work
Perchanced to see it as it lay
And stooped to pick it up . . .
Within his hands, a sculptured dove
It was the day I chose her stone
Inscribing it with all my love
The granite, stately, stood alone
It’s face imprinted with a dove . . .
Holding a rose dripping a tear
My son walked slowly up the road
With wonder written on his face
And mutely handed me a dove
Exactly like the one I’d placed . . .
Upon the tombstone of her grave
Very touching. Thank you, Micki.
Micki Peluso has twenty-five years’ experience as a freelance journalist for three major newspapers: The Staten Island Advance, The Staten Island Register (staff writer) and The Princeton Women’s Magazine.
She’s been published in Victimology: an International Journal, The Bronxville Women’s Magazine, Writer’s Digest School’s monthly magazine, Skyline Magazine in print and as e-zines, The Northeasterner Magazine, The Hudson Review Magazine, and others, poetry anthologies, and is a winner of many on-line contests. She reviews for Readertoreader, and The New York Journal of Books.
Her first book, . . . AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG, is a funny family memoir of love, loss and survival. Micki’s website is http://mallie1025.blogspot.com.
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