the offering…

for fear
her sadness
will turn
his heart
into stone
he does not
look up
the smoke rises
like incense
from her
full ashtray
as she prepares
the ritualistic meal
an extra place
at the table
an offering
perhaps to orbona
for a child
stolen away
without leaving

The image above is a modified photograph from by ngambone.

16 thoughts on “the offering…

  1. Love the contrast of emotion
    one is stone
    one is fearful, hopeful

    how does a heart turn to stone??

    Another fantastic poem Charlie

  2. Too sad.
    For Charlie’s readers:
    In Roman mythology, Orbona was the goddess who granted new children to parents who had become childless. She was also the goddess of children, especially orphans.

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