Thursday, May 17, 2018

love/hate relationship--By Carl "Papa" Palmer--United States

love/hate relationship

shaved head nose ring black beard
frayed jeans leather jacketed arms
crude tattooed right fist spells HATE
across knuckles eyes daring comment
from strangers in the full visitors room

wheel chaired sleeping mother sighs
as he wisps a stray hair from her eyes
with his left hand labeled LOVE
gently touching his lips to her cheek
smiles shyly at new friends in the room

(first published Postcard Poem and Prose)

Carl "Papa" Palmer of University Place, WA is retired military, retired FAA, now just plain retired without wristwatch, cell phone, alarm clock or Facebook friend. Carl is a Hospice volunteer and president of The Tacoma Writers Club.

MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever

13 comments:

  1. First impressions of "Them" and "US" erased

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  2. Wow, this is an excelllent piece, I really enjoyed it a lot, thanks for sharing Carl.

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    1. I'm glad you like this one, Peggy. If you get the chance take a look at the POSTCARD POETRY AND PROSE page. They take your poem, find the perfect picture and put them in the form of a postcard on their website. I have three there so far.
      With your talent, Peggy, you'll have way more than that!

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  3. very clever & thought provoking

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    1. Thanks, Jack, sometimes watching strangers is a poem itself. In this case, can't judge a book by the cover

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  4. Dear "Papa" Carl,
    I enjoyed this word painted love scene.
    You painted it very well.
    Knight Writer

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    1. I am honored, Knight Rider, you like this one, sometimes less is more, a short poem that is...

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  5. Thank you, Carl, it's always a pleasure to read your work!

    Best wishes,
    Inge

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    1. We write what we see, or think we see, or what we want to see
      (With Papa anyway) Thanks, Inge, you rock!

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  6. Carl,
    A great poem. I see your poems in "Pancakes in Heaven" all the time. You are a great writer. I hope to read many more of your works here and over there.
    Your friend,
    David Fox

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    1. PANCAKES IN HEAVEN, another example of a place for poetry not insulting, demeaning or being so obscure the reader must interpret or guess. Thank you, David. It takes one to know one.

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  7. Hi Carl. I appreciate the validity and passion of your poem. A very nice write. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!

    -MJ
    (www.creativeinspirationspp.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thank you, Maurice, I've visited your BLOG many times through Pancakes in Heaven. I love your messages, I'm glad you see the message in my poetry

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