The Goodbye Blanket – A Poem

From my departing train

My sad thoughts wanted rain

Already missing you

Despite knowing what we must do

But your love wanted one last word

You sent out a request some thought absurd

To light these lanterns and let them float

A blanket of wishes, an antidote

For the disease of despair, the loss of hope

To counter regret that we didn’t elope

I picture you standing on your balcony

Alone with your power, your only company

But regret and despair are the feelings you hold

You wouldn’t be wishing if you were only bold

Enough to reject the title you’re given

But I understand the way you are driven

And respect your choice of responsibility

I’m only sad that it didn’t include me.

This blanket of lights, a beautiful view

As I sit on the train and bid you adieu.

This poem was written for Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge #170 – Blanket and for Hélène’s “What do you see?” Photo writing prompt. The picture above is courtesy of Hélène.

I love when two inspirations come together! Hélène photo has so many rich details but the ones that captured my eye were the leaving train (on the bridge on the right) and the man standing on the balcony (on the left). Coupled with Patrick’s words of “a paradox so comforting”, the idea of a blanket of lanterns and what that might comfort popped into my head. And thus the story of this poem came to be.

©️ iido 2019

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27 thoughts on “The Goodbye Blanket – A Poem

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  2. I start of with a joke….
    “What can’t the bride do after her father has paid for the wedding?”
    (the fruitful reply:) “Cantaloupe!”

    I actually watched a Hallmark Channel romance movie where the prince who became king – (his Queen mother… made things right) who got his gal! But then all Hallmark Movies have ‘Happy Ever After’ endings 🙂

    I didn’t see the gent at first glance 🙂

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    • Haha! I’ll have to tell that joke to my kids. Hélène’s prompts are so full of detail. I’ve taken to enlarging the picture and looking at all the books and crannies for the little bits that hide the goodness. I love happy endings too but sad endings make for better poems at times.

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  4. a touching composition, some may call the writer here passive aggressive but your lines are full of advice too, the other person’s loss, allowing a title and his/her own insecurities to stand in the way of happiness. selfishness personified i think – oh why is this poem speaking so loud to me!!!???

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