Memoir Poem: Watermelon Sadness (haiku in variations)

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1)

It’s imprinted now

The summer I visited

My family home

2)

Humid Maryland

the taste of watermelons

And bushels of crabs

3)

Everyone’s smiling

As if there weren’t any ghosts

Happy family

4)

My six year old son’s

First meeting his grandfather

He understood why

5)

I left my household

With fireflies past sunset

He knew why I cried

6)

When I saw Brother

The savior of my childhood

Who blocked the punches

7)

When our father raged

He searched for his loaded gun

Church didn’t save us

8)

It was my brother

Who intervened, risked his life

Like a child soldier

9)

So every time now

When I eat watermelon

My heart fills with tears

10)

Hard to separate

Love from fear, rage from laughter

My mind is scrambled

11)

Poetry, Writing

Frees these outlets of meaning

Translates memories

12)

Truth silenced childhood

Is incubated poison

Transformed into art.

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14 Comments

  1. Very fine work. Your transformation of trauma into shared art helps to build solidarity with others who have experienced trauma and might strengthen them or even shield them, as your brother did once for you.

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    1. He’s unlike anyone I know, the humblest person, an unsung hero❤️! He’s the reason I survived a very difficult childhood. I think everyone needs at least one hero in their life, he’s my anchor.🙂

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  2. Now I realise the strong person that you are… Is because of the journey you’ve travelled. Hats off to your brother.
    Im amazed with your art forms… Stunning and inspiring 🌸🙏🌸

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    1. Thank you very much❤️🥰, I’ve had an intense childhood but my brother helped to give me stability and trust. I guess I saw the best and worst of human behavior and writing about it helps me to resolve my perceptions of the past, and it also really helps me to hear validation from you and the WordPress community 🙏❣️🌸😊

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