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a den's diary
by Jon Michael Willey
Monday, August 01, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Archives of a room.



a den’s diary


a doily feels the ugly creep of mildew

pungent air is overwhelming the den

from this place of activities and study

joyful life long ago made full retreat



sunlight struggles now to enter metered

through rotting tatters of muslin curtains

memorabilia is the atmosphere’s concierge

youthful persona once sat at the long table



optimism watered the potted flowers

carved dreams and etched catlike smiles

mirth lived in the raised brow of approval

shadows no longer carry optimisms measure



an empty plate is the omen of abandon

life and the living have ebbed from the den

it is the haunt for dreams and deprivation

aromas of decadence consumed in yesterdays



no pen awaits last entry into the den’s diary

paper browned from years of patient duty

exhumation is not a visitor being entertained

 this diary is duty bound to receive a new entry 














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Reviewed by Christine Tsen
This is extraordinarily clever, Jon, as so intricately you take us into the folds of the den and of life.
My favorite lines...
"life and living have ebbed from the den
it is the haunt for dreams and deprivation"
Many Blessings,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
This is fine poetry and it is worthy of much more than a single reading. Thank you for sharing your gift my friend. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Axilea MU
An interesting vision that completes mine. It is made of memories that I couldn't have shared. Your contained, yet expressive composition gives an impression of the changing time in the den.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy
I read this twice, Jon. Much enjoyed! Love and hugs,
Reviewed by Carole Mathys
...Outstanding, Jon Michael you had so many notable lines in this piece as Pea said so elegantly, but I also like this one..
" shadows no longer carry optimisms measure "
Love and peace dear friend, Carole~

Reviewed by Michelle Mead
Great job at showing the sadness and dust in this den that held a life over many years, once full of hope and promise, not resting in the memories of it all. Excellent word choice and descriptions. Blessings, Jon.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
********** B R A V O !!! **********

"...memorabilia is the atmosphere's concierge. . ." :::> Awesome!

Other faves include "raised brow of approval," "optimism watered the potted flowers," and "exhumation is not a visitor entertained."

Thank you so much for sharing this gem.

xOx Phyllis xOx
Reviewed by Christine Alwin
Jon, Unique and clever..makes me think of the saying 'if walls could talk', you certainly brought this den alive with history to boot! so good to see yous post!
Reviewed by Gene Williamson
aromas of decadence consumed in yesterdays...

Beautiful, Jon. At your poetic best.


Reviewed by Liana Margiva
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
So very deep in thought as if waiting patiently for life to return and replay once again...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by John Flanagan
This is intense and penetrating writing, Jon,
writing of passion and definte view...your sub-line
'Archives of a room' intrigues and provokes, the whole poem
stirs and demands attention and attention, My Friend,
i give it in whole.

Reviewed by Ronald Hull
AD is getting moldy? Seriously, this poem evokes images of searches through old buildings trying to read the handwriting on their walls, aged but still revealing secrets. An enchanting journey into our not too distant past.

About 2003, my brother took my mother through her childhood farmhouse until she left to get married in 1942. It was rented for a while until my grandparents sold it about 1945. Though vacant for many years, the old place still contained memories of my childhood. Remarkable with the harshness of Wisconsin winters on vacant property.

Reviewed by Felix Perry
Very intense and descriptive write Jon that gives the reader much to ponder.
Reviewed by George Carroll
I hope not but poets oft spill out the hurt in life as well as the mirth and the shadows of assassins lay in wait for the right moment. Poignant write.

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