Grant Clauser. Visiting the Old House.

28 Dec


No one knows you here
now, not the cracks in the sidewalk
or the oak tree growing over the roof.
In the first room, you think you see
a face you knew, a ghost on the
glass or shadows coming down the stairs.
It’s just a wish you planted, a dream
you left in the back room or sitting
at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee.
In the yard there’s a new garden
where you buried the dog
and you don’t want to ask the new people
about the bones, how they ran or
if the tail wagged in greeting even once.
If you looked, of course there’s still
a beam in the attic with your name on it
and a hundred nails or so you hammered
in the walls, each one a dedication, a promise
to make things right as you pound the steel.
So when you walk away again,
this time not daring to look back,
the door left open in the winter wind
be sure, be a hammer every step
to the road and then tear it down
as you go home.



GRANT CLAUSER is the author of the books Necessary Myths and The Trouble with Rivers. By day he writes about home technology and dreams about fly fishing. Poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Cortland Review, Moon City Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and others. In 2010, he was Montgomery County Poet Laureate. He started the Montco Wordshop in Lansdale, teaches poetry writing at Philadelphia’s Musehouse, and runs the blog unIambic.

One Response to “Grant Clauser. Visiting the Old House.”

  1. vinita18 December 28, 2014 at 00:59 #

    Wow…wow…wow brilliant! Love it!

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