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by Marcus Lane

A proud man,
Upright and unshakable
In belief and morals,
Once only was he seen
Without his tie.

A child of Edwardian England,
The links
Of his watch chain
As they hung
With formality and elegance
From his waistcoat pocket,

Yes even as he worked.

And work he did.

Brilliantly and tirelessly
With ingenuity and imagination.
A craftsman from a bygone age.
True master of his tools.

Grandfathers are soft,
Playful, bear-like in their
Gruff-whiskered familiarity.

Not Poppy.

Unknowingly aloof from his grandchildren,
We avoided the need for directly addressing him,
Unsure of where we stood.

He’d probably have secretly
Loved the informality
Of our secret nickname.

I hope he knew.

The chapel piano did for him.
Too much weight for his work-weary ticker.

Grandma gave me his pocket watch to keep,
And for a time I treasured it,
Feeling its weight
Like a smooth round pebble
In my palm.

A workman’s watch
A yellowing face
Behind a scratched
And hazy glass.

But accurate,
And precise.
Reliable as the man.

Detached in life,
I liked to hope that
Gazing down,
He just might have
In loving acknowledgement of his
Grandson’s curiosity

And foolishness

Sitting cross-legged on the carpet,
With heart-thumping nausea
Adrift in a sea of springs.


Posted on 02/27/2010
Copyright © 2021 Marcus Lane

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by V. Blake on 02/27/10 at 11:25 PM

"We avoided the need for directly addressing him, / Unsure of where we stood." Loved this, and welcome to Pathetic!

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