Gloomy NoteBook

Posted: September 11, 2011 in Ramblings of a sober Poet
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Gloomy Notebook

136 Blank Canvases for

a heavy heart

Chaining painful moments to a Page

The Smiles in our eyes have left

only poems of us and yesterday remain.

Your Brother mourns

In the margins I build Effigies of you

Pencil tips bring you back to life

Carving poems into your tombstone

with the blade that took your life

Uncle,Your Nephew Mourns.

Footnotes breathe life into your death mask

The wrinkles around your eyes are now

lyrics in the songs I write

A concert of Memories

Your Great Grandson mourns you.

Gloomy notebook

56 blank canvases left for

a lighter heart

Now I will celebrate you.

 ©Richard Quaz Roodt(2011)


This Poem Is linked to d’Verse Poetics (Prompt:In Memoriam ) and

One Single Impression(Prompt: notebook)


  1. claudia says:

    poems carved into tombstones, footnotes breathe life into death masks, lyrics made of wrinkles…so good that there are ways we can keep the memories alive and canalize our pain..

  2. What struck me first about this piece was its towering shape; the words themselves are painful, but need to be written, people should be remembered everyday, but especially today.

    Thank you for sharing your work on Real Toads.

  3. brian says:

    nice…love this one…not only the inclusion of canvas painting and creation but its place in the process of sorting out our emotions and the turn you make through it….some great imagery as well…really like this…

  4. Laurie Kolp says:

    Very touching. I especially like:

    Footnotes breathe life into your death mask

  5. Mary says:

    Poems of yesterday preserve memories. Thus it is important to write them, to remember…and eventually to celebrate.

  6. I love how poem can preserve memories and especially ones so well done as this. I think that we need to never forget these memories and always preserve them in poems for the world to see

  7. “The wrinkles around your eyes are now
    lyrics in the songs I write”

    -Those lines are particularly beautiful. May I ask what the numbers mean?

  8. A wonderful poem of tribute and remembering. Beautifully expressed.

  9. jinksy says:

    I liked the fact that you left blank pages for a lighter heart!

  10. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Sad but true how we remember those no matter how they leave us.

  11. Wow…… Such a powerful and moving story poem. It shook me deeply. Excellent writing.


  12. this is powerful, brilliant take on the prompt.

    welcome share your poetry talent with us this week.

    we are open until Thursday, 8pm.

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