Someone Mentioned His Name

For The Sunday Whirl poetry prompt: Wordle #168


Someone Mentioned His Name

Memories are ghosts
of time,
blind to present moment.
Simple single mission
to hold us in arms
of a past long gone.
Bind us in ragged cape
of remembering,
longing for candle flame
of “what might have been.”
Bloodless images
without living breath,
yet able to quicken senses
like scent of fresh rain
on tree covered

Elizabeth Crawford  7/6/14

Notes: Recently was told about someone I knew in high school who had asked about me and what I was doing. When told that I was putting together a book of poetry, he asked where he might find some of my writing. Thus the poem. Image is a photo of my nephew, taken yesterday at 4th of July gathering. Put it through the kaleidoscope and really liked what happened. It made me think of how memories are like photos, suggesting other things, yet still holding some essence of truth. Permeating our senses as we explore them from different angles of focus and reality.


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21 Responses to Someone Mentioned His Name

  1. drpkp says:

    From “memories as ghosts of times” to “the scent of fresh rain on a tree covered hillside” love this poem and enjoyed the process notes as well 🙂


  2. oldegg says:

    Musing of “what might have been” has been an excellent source of writing for me, mainly prose. Writing of course can be conjecture but imaginings and little moments still are still tucked away ready to flower one day. Your poem was beautiful.


  3. jae rose says:

    I like the idea of ghosts on a mission..i think they are…time and memories all whirled up in a kaleidoscope…didn’t Susan Sontag write a piece about photos and memory (On photography?) they aid and trigger remembering what that moment felt like…Happy Sunday to you and what a clear..sparkling gem this piece is


  4. kaykuala h says:

    Ghosts that bind that bring back memories can well be good. Old friends are an inspiration that can work wonders! Wonderful write Elizabeth!



  5. Awww…that’s just sweet, someone from your past still thinking of you. Smiling.


  6. what might have been can lay heavy on our hearts…


  7. brian miller says:

    how interesting on the one from your previous life asking about your poetry…what could have been, hopefully we dont get stuck in that and miss what can be, you know….


  8. Mary says:

    How nice to hear that someone from high school had asked about you. Always nice to be remembered….and wondered about. Yes, memories are ghosts of time indeed. Some of them we are glad still hover in our midst; and others we wish banished forever. The candle flame of what might have been, I think, burns in some ways for all of us.


  9. annell4 says:

    Perhaps as we age, we are haunted by the past, some more than others…perhaps it is to keep a balance…althought I was reading about a woman last night, who said she was not bothered by memories…could be right in the present moment at all times…Since I am in ‘grief’ right now, I am aware when an idea forms, a visual memory sometimes without words…the curve of my baby’s back, the last night he was alife, the difficulty I had in leaving him that night…funny the triggers for tears, and perhaps, if we are aware, the triggers for smiles are similar.


  10. Sumana Roy says:

    it’s a great feeling to be remembered by someone almost like past finding its voice to communicate with us and triggering that yearning of what might have been….beautifully written


  11. humbird says:

    Love the photo and your explanation. The poem reminds how our memory triggered by scents…love the ‘ scent of fresh rain’.


  12. Gillena Cox says:

    Luv the photo art and it’s influence of your poem

    Have a nice Sunday

    Much love…


  13. Cathy says:

    Wonderful poem, love how it flows so quietly yet has powerful images in it.


  14. I love “memories are ghosts of time”. How true. Love the kaleidoscope image……..and nice to be asked about, even better to have someone asking for your poetry! Cool! Hope the book is going well, my friend,.Mine is at a standstill. Life is whupping me upside the head right now.


  15. Beautifully penned!


  16. The things you can do with a photograph are amazing. The poem made me think about memories, and voices from the past.. You have such a gift for making me think!


  17. So lovely! The fresh scent of rain on the hillside is an image I can relate to.


  18. G L Meisner says:

    Very nice, I can really agree with this is presents it so well.


  19. Arushi Ahuja says:

    Memories… are what keep the past alive … good or bad!! Amazing


  20. Misky says:

    Memories are such a rich part of life, and you’ve portrayed that well.


  21. ‘bloodless images/without living breath’ – Love that!


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