Ellenhalter's Blog

Beloved Teacher–In memorium | June 19, 2011

Memorial: Blanche Chaiken

(March 10, 1922 – January 19, 2003)

by Ellen Halter


You found me

on the near side of childhood.

Your brow,

arched like a spade,

plunged through topsoil

to the secret garden

of my heart,

trillium running through it.

Your retinue

of nine-year olds,

sailed with you

after school,

through the projects,

its mean grid

of concrete and brick,

to the library.

Port of entry,

its bay and lagoon,

underwater dives,

we’d surfaced

late afternoon,

the sun in our eyes.

Out-of-focus,

blurred,

memory

I believe.

Ramrod as a mast,

regal as a queen,

you trod abroad,

toeing outward

away from me.

You, my dear,

interred,

bones to dust,

I can’t conceive.

Dumb to the love of the child,

deaf to the poet’s pleas,

To please,

please,

heed.

You there,

deferred,

a mirage,

I retrieve.

My shoulders squared,

my eyebrows raised,

readied to proceed.

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Posted in Uncategorized

Leave a Comment »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

    June 2011
    M T W T F S S
    « Feb   Feb »
     12345
    6789101112
    13141516171819
    20212223242526
    27282930  
%d bloggers like this: