The Abandoned Gate

The Abandoned Gate

The call tonight broke the silence
Sister A. called with the news
Sister Linda came to town
Twenty years of separation ending
Father J. was dead.
I heard it in her whiskey-drowned voice
Tears of sadness and relief
A cleansing for redemption
Like scraping old paint from wood.

The untended fence kept people out
And shut her in, ivy growing over old dirt
Dry leaves clinging to cobwebs
Bits of trash under broken twigs
Covering undisturbed burial grounds
Of pocket-sized creatures and insects.

Sister Linda came to town
To mend the fence, to pry open the old gate
And hose down the pathway leading to both sides.

About this poem

This poem was written about a death in the family and a sister's attempt to reconcile and reunite with her estranged sister

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Written on December 29, 2005

Submitted by gbaranoff on April 09, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme a xxBxxxxxx xxxxxx Bax
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 634
Words 117
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 1, 9, 6, 3

Gregory Baranoff

Gregory Baranoff was born in Shanghai, China to Russian parents and came to the United States in the early sixties. more…

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