Did I Drive You Away?

by Ken Harnisch


Did I drive you away?

I do not remember hitching up the team

Or pulling the carriage to the front

Of the old stone house

I do not recall

Making haste for your bags

To be delivered to the door

And yet, today, I found you gone

Your scented note left upon

The mantelpiece.

“It wasn’t you,” your handwriting said.

But it was my bed that you left empty

My heart as broken as the crockery

That my anguish scattered on the floor.

The poems I could not write

In the October rain

I thought only a consequence of drear

But I know now, there is no blood or ink I’ve left

To spill, while I’m looking at the window;

Counting raindrops; wondering why


Posted on 10/07/2002
Copyright © 2021 Ken Harnisch

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kate Demeree on 10/08/02 at 02:10 PM

You never fail to move your reader with your words. Nor to touch their heart. I have known the raindrops on the window pane and the question....why

Posted by Christina Bruno on 12/11/02 at 06:39 PM

makes me think...

Posted by Rhodora M Fitzgerald on 03/26/03 at 04:09 PM

I think I've been on both sides of "why" before and I think it's maybe a question better left unanswered? Beautiful poem once again Ken.... your library continues to draw me back time and time again... love your style! :o)

Posted by Jeanne Marie Hoffman on 04/15/04 at 07:30 PM

This lines deepen the subtle sadness in this poem: "It wasnt you, your handwriting said. But it was my bed that you left empty My heart as broken as the crockery "

Posted by Marjorie Anne Reagan on 08/27/04 at 05:52 PM

This one made my heart overflow. Stirring read, thank you!

Posted by Mo Couts on 07/26/11 at 02:10 AM

My heart felt as if it could burst as I read this...thank you so much for it, Ken.

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