I wonder about them.
The family that used to live here.
I wonder where they are now.
Throughout the morning, I have been hiking
and have come upon this house,
It is noon when I enter. The weak sun high above.
As I walk through the house
I wonder if the marriage
survived the breakup of the home.
seem to end with the leaving,
but here in what surely must have been a home,
I wonder about what it is they have gone on to
and what they have left behind.
With each step, I feel the awful stresses,
the creaking floorboards
and think of all
that must have kept them
from their beds at night
as they attempted to figure out a way
to stay ahead
To stay even.
To not lose it all.
I wonder about the children.
Are they resettled?
Do they recall this home by the lake?
The staircase they surely bumped down?
The afternoons reading
books beneath the eaves?
Do they now imagine someone else riding their bikes?
Were they too young to even catalog such belongings?
Mostly though, I wonder
about the woman
who used to live here.
Does she recall the rooms
where she and her husband
The clawfoot tub?
where she cared for her children?
The nights she ran the steam
to calm a child's whooping cough?
The doors that were slammed
All the living squeezed into boxes and packed away.
Is she somewhere else
perhaps even now
recalling the way the light
fell through the kitchen window?
It's a communion of sorts.
This lifting of the camera
again and again, hearing
how the the whine of the shutter
what was settled.
|Aerial View of hike from SP to CP|