A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WANNABE JETSETTER (AND HER GRANDFATHER)

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WANNABE JETSETTER (AND HER GRANDFATHER)
Brian Le Lay

As though somebody delivered a timebomb telegram,
A landmine mired in a Happy Birthday cupcake,
She runs back and forth from closet to window, arms full,
Hurls a heap of last week’s worn-out get-up into the street

The way an old Italian grandfather throws
A thirty year-old living room rug out a window
Into the alleyway, a brash family secret,
And the footprints of dead relatives

Haunted the floorboards. He’s modernized
From that old world blue-collar sadness
To our art deco emptiness, a wilted orchid
Slouches on the mantletop for show

©2012 This work is the property of the author.

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Posted on December 8, 2012, in Brian Le Lay, POETRY and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The last of three poems from Brian Le Lay. I love this piece, with its shift in energy and tone. And those are some great images, all containing so much about these two people, generations apart.

    Read Brian’s other work by clicking the link and following the “Older Posts”:
    https://misfitsmiscellany.wordpress.com/category/brian-le-lay/

  2. A kinetic and poetic contrast of lives and generations in Brian Le Lay’s finely tuned verse about the abilities and vulnerabilities in the touchstones and tones of each person’s essence and existence.

  3. Gotta say I really like this poem, especially the second verse. Poetry is right under our feet, if we’d just look.

  4. I really like this poem too.

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