Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Gone Missing and Down Baby (Poems)

gone missing

a doll with big blue eyes
curls into you

asks what is gone

you think to answer
my dream

but her eyes      reading

hurt now


Down Baby

It's like this:

A truth sits at your table
slides to your tongue

eyes of your child
answer the question

other mothers just like you
repeat, need to know

to not feel so blue as you.
You want to be gone now

but the silence holds hurt
your soft voice muffled

foolishly small.

© 2013 Maureen E. Doallas

These poems were inspired by "Lunch at Pizza Hut", by The Unknown Contributor, a post that appeared earlier this month at TweetSpeakPoetry, which is celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness Month with poetic and artistic looks into the experiences of those who live with Down syndrome. You'll want to see the beautiful artwork at "Michael's Colors" and pick up a copy of the new T.S. Poetry Press release Sun Shine Down, a memoir by Gillian Marchenko, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing (see Part 1 and Part 2).


Louise Gallagher said...

The depth of your heart shines in your poems.

Kathleen said...

Lovely. And they hurt.

Alex Dissing said...

So much said with so little.

Sue said...

Sensitive and moving, both.


Katie said...

Very nice. :-)

Anonymous said...

My heart aches for the mother's dreams gone missing as well as the child's sad eyes questioning...poignant piece.

Vandana Sharma said...

Wonderful comaprison.