Thursday, April 7, 2016

Carol A. Hand

This is a story from times of old
about a catfish and a golden toad
and a partnership ill-fated
Sometimes love is not meant to be
though the realization may be belated

They met long ago in a magical place
as if by happenstance
in the wooded hills of faraway
where many came to sing and dance

Both seeking to pursue their dreams
to fill an inner longing
to find a place to free their sprits
in a community of belonging

He tall and proud
a prince among the toads
Following the edge of Sewer Brook
rather than hopping down the winding roads

toad 3

She swimming against the current
up the mighty Housatonic River
A little daughter swimming by her side
forging on with a gasp, a sigh, a shiver

He arrived years before her
filling an empty soul with passion after passion
with little concern for consequences
Caring about others and the earth had fallen out of fashion

She on the other hand
in her wound-weary watery soul
tried to bring comfort to those who suffered
and make the broken-hearted whole

Ah, what a disaster can sometimes happen
when such opposites join together
Both may lose their sense of worth
surrounded by forever stormy weather

Final goodbyes in this case
a blessing in disguise
Freeing both to pursue their dreams again
Perhaps alone, but each under sunnier skies


Note: Inspired by life and “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame (1908).

Mr. Toad, the main character in The Wind in the Willows, is aptly described in Wikipedia as follows.

“Toad is intelligent, creative and resourceful; however, he is also narcissistic, self-centred [sic] almost to the point of sociopathy, and completely lacking in even the most basic common sense…. Ultimately, Toad has his heart in the right place. His characteristics have made him arguably the epitome of the stock character of the lovable rogue. During the course of his adventures Toad alternates between deep remorse for his arrogance and having relapses into it.”

Perhaps Mr. Toad is a “lovable rogue,” but he’s not my idea of an ideal life companion.


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16 thoughts on “Thursday, April 7, 2016

  1. This, unfortunately, seems to happen with many!

    I know this is about your family. And as you know, I can relate to this poem as well, Carol!

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    1. Interestingly, Dave, this is actually my story. Funny how some things repeat over the course of generations. Fortunately, it didn’t take me as long to find freedom as it did for my mother.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful and lovely comments, Natalie. I’m deeply touched by your kindness and understanding. This poem was my way of making sense of the past so I could let it go. ❤

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  2. I’ve read this at least four times. Something kept drawing me back. Now for the first time I’m reading it on your page (instead of my email) where I can see others comments. You have an incredible way with words. Hard as it may be sometimes the best thing is to let go, as you say, “Freeing both to pursue their dreams again”.

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    1. Dear Buster, thank you for your kind, thoughtful words. Please tell old pap that speaking from the heart is so much more important than rhyming – and I know that you already know that…


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