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  Three Perspectives
by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
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A poem about a common situation in today's America.


Three Perspectives


A mother-in-law, aging, not infirm,

Chooses to plod forward, eyes in a vise

Like a horse in dark blinkers,

Drowsing through the step ahead, a narrow vision

Dinner served, a reclining chair, a bed.

Not tired, but sleeping.


The son, hair graying, muscles aching,

Buzzes about, eyes wildly darting,

Like a fly, in jagged, zigzagging pursuit,

Seeing all and nothing, unfocused illusions,

The past, the present, the future, a blur.

Exhausted from working, earning escape.


The wife, worn with the burden,

Observing the day, eyes on each moment,

Like a scientist in a lab, squinting into a lens,

Assessing particles from all sides, inside too,

Mica in the dust, the dogs’ shiny hair, her heart’s constraints.

Chafing for change, for their lives back,

That sweet blended duet; not a trio.





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Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/20/2008
Well Penned Eileen
Love & Peace

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 6/7/2008
Wow, well done my friend! I think all can relate to this indeed! Your imagery is great, brings the words alive! Enjoyed!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/3/2008
Well described that many can relate to in this world of ours today. All the humdrum, the dreams, wishes remaining unfulfilled within tired souls....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/3/2008
Wonderful writing for far too many in today's world! EXCELLENT, Eileen! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) And much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 6/3/2008
Your poem captures this tired trio well, perhaps too well,
offering little hope for escape. Well done, Eileen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/3/2008
Spot on reality for far too many - well penned!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/3/2008
Not like my inlaws. My deceased Mother in Law was great, read my poem on my site, if you don't believe, and deceased husband Tom has a brother in Florida who e-mails me daily and I am thought of as a nice kindly sentimental person.
Reviewed by Gloria Gay 6/3/2008
Pretty stunning slice of life. Hopefully, there's some bit of joy in it too.

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