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Unbound Understanding, Poetry Prize entry

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    Unbound Understanding

    The past haunts some like a ghost
    Like a mansion abandoned for years
    Shadows move quietly through the dark
    The reason not totally clear

    Tattered furniture covered by sheets
    Cobwebs hang all around
    Windows broken and opaque
    The door makes a creaking sound

    The mantle is cracked and worn
    It’s been years since the fireplace was lit
    Old logs crumble on the hearth
    Ashes fill the old stone pit

    Water slowly drips from the ceiling
    A cold rain has made its way in
    Like tears from the eyes of the broken
    The home is weeping from within

    Abandoned on a dead end street
    No need to trim back the rose
    The garden is withered and dead
    Leaves blow past the walkway stones

    Two strangers stand in the doorway
    Their breath marks the air with a mist
    The darkness need cause them no fear
    They share a gentle brief kiss

    Their long coats are tattered and torn
    Puddles mark the floor at their feet
    They cautiously look inside
    The old house is empty and discrete

    Weary they enter in silence
    Understanding the load they each carry
    Secrets are yet to be told
    Heartaches they try to keep buried

    She gently sits on the sofa
    Expecting the heat from a fire
    He places the wood on the grate
    Then waits for the warmth they desire

    He pulls her into his arms
    He gently strokes her wet hair
    She lays her head on his shoulder
    And they both fall asleep sitting there

    Are we like the abandoned old mansion
    Where memories haunt us for years?
    Regrets are stacked high like books on a shelf
    And the cold rain is just like our tears

    Find peace in the warmth of the fire
    And understand the face of your love
    A house is made of wood and brick
    But the foundation of a home comes from above

    Shadows need not cause you fear
    Just light the candle and kneel down
    Peace comes from trusting in God
    And finally understanding you’re unbound.

    Sherbie Hudgins
    White House, Tennessee