“The Hallway” by Adesh Kaur

Adesh Kaur

The dead father and a howling daughter.
De, de, deny thy father and… you’ll
no longer be….
–JoJo, let the poets cry themselves
to sleep! Aye, fly away home, captain.
De part dearly.

Hey, pumpkin head, how ‘boot that?
It’s cold & dark. A frozen lake.
Bundle up.
Mittens still warmish & cocoa
I will make for thee before
you wake.

You were the hallway narrowing its heart.
You were a bedroom hitchhiking a plan.
You were one revolver who loved you back.
You were a mouth open to the refrains.
You were the trigger-man with no slack.
You were the bullet wanting to part.
I, am your splattered brains.

Adesh Kaur

All Rights Reserved

© 2009


  1. lkthayer · December 8, 2009

    Heart wrenching, squeeze me to the core, thank you Adesh for sharing this with The Juice Bar, you are a juicy goddess poet divine. LK

  2. vicki bjornson · December 8, 2009

    Adesh, “The Daughter” is stunning! I sit here, still holding my heart.

  3. vicki bjornson · December 8, 2009

    Adesh, “The Daughter” is stunning. I’m still sitting holding my heart

  4. Jackie herzig · December 8, 2009

    Adesh, the pain oozes from each letter. Your amazing.

  5. Jaymie · December 8, 2009

    You touched my own grief and losses. Left my heart feeling heavy with memory.

  6. Margie Goodspeed · December 10, 2009

    i left this poem feeling great – the kind of great that says yeah, what a great poem; and even though it’s wrought with pain and helplessness, because the poem is great, it’s a triumph of art over the messy guts of life. that makes me happy. nice work.

  7. Adesh Kaur · December 11, 2009

    Thank you all for your responses. Wow! Transforming pain into art, isn’t that what we all do? I feel happy that I affected someone else with my pain. Hey, happy for pain…. ? Okay.

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