Testament

Testament

A Poem by Robert Trakofler
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a ghostly encounter:)

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Testament

 

You flourished,

within the constrain,

of a concrete sidewalk.

Malnourished,

twisted, gnarled remains

a stump headstone mocks;

testament,

to your lofty defiance.

Once eclipsed,

by the structural… indifference

of societal progress.

I cannot help,

But feel,

A kinship,

As I see…

you’re ghostly outstretched branches,

reaching…

to drink the light;

As it seems…

I am forever,

trying to do.

I hear,

the spectral sound,

of the breeze,

creaking your tired limbs;

As this old poet

walks by…

joints grinding,

in a sympathetic note.

and the faint hiss,

of the swaying leaves…

of your shadowy canopy.

And I hear the rustle,

of your lost intentions…

drifting on the sidewalk;

like so many scrawls,

I penned,

reduced to dust…

in the decay of time.

But, this poet…

still sees you.

 


© 2022 Robert Trakofler

© 2022 Robert Trakofler


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Hey Robert, how are you? It's been a while since I've read you, but you've overwhelmingly made up for lost time. I wholeheartedly agree with everyone here, this by far eclipses anything you've ever written. What a pleasure it is to be among such caliber of writing!

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Robert Trakofler

4 Weeks Ago

Kelly:) it's so nice to hear from you! I manage to put pen to paper a little more often these days (.. read more



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This is so wonderful, i enjoyed this a lot

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

1 Week Ago

thank you, Beck:) I may be part tree LOL
I can definitely identify with these words BB. A great picture and an inspired write for sure. That could probably be my facebook photo these days...lol. Great work!

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


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Robert Trakofler

4 Weeks Ago

Hi Crowley how are you old friend? I am still slogging around:/ LOL you remind me I have got to chan.. read more
Hey Robert, how are you? It's been a while since I've read you, but you've overwhelmingly made up for lost time. I wholeheartedly agree with everyone here, this by far eclipses anything you've ever written. What a pleasure it is to be among such caliber of writing!

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

4 Weeks Ago

Kelly:) it's so nice to hear from you! I manage to put pen to paper a little more often these days (.. read more
This is a truly brilliant poem
I loved it all
The fact that you can still see and hear the leaves swaying is true
It’s like a soldier who loses a limb
He remembers and thinks it’s there
I love this

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

4 Weeks Ago

thank you Julie:)
Yes what some see as an intrusion. With sap dripping on cars, or autumn litter sticking to windshields. The seer sees only the beauty and the gift that nature is no matter where it grows or grew.

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Robert Trakofler

4 Weeks Ago

I think I love the beauty of resilience in the face of adversity so very much
Olde as a tree. And the paper you pen upon was once a tree, that tried to grow where you were nearly laid ~ from the grave you were thankfully free. But seeds of progress, fertilized by society, grew in the dust of words at the foot of the stone. The seeds were sown indifferent as bone ... I believe this is what I see.

Billigami


Posted 1 Month Ago


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Robert Trakofler

1 Month Ago

wow, what interesting things you see... I love when that happens and I reread a poem and see somethi.. read more
Your finest work so far. Well done

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

1 Month Ago

Tate how nice to see you:) thank you for the nice compliment!
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Tate Morgan

1 Month Ago

You’re welcome
hi robert, to me this reads as an emotional poem of an old tree that once was & maybe its similarities to old age.
hope my understanding is how you wanted people to interpret your poem, I'm not always good with understanding esoteric writing, I'm a straight narrative style writer,
cheerio carola

Posted 1 Month Ago


this is terrific writing! I really enjoyed this piece. It reminds me of Charles Bukowski's writing and he is a favorite of mine among others but yes, similar but you have your own flair. The piece is haunting in your comparison of aging to an old stump, which by the way is so original and one can easily feel the emotion in the written words. Even the strongest of us will weaken with time and will be cut down by it and decay. This is very, very good! You get all the points from me and in my library :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Robert Trakofler

1 Month Ago

Hi Patricia:) So sorry I took so long to respond I am still in recovery mode and keeping my store op.. read more
Patricia

4 Weeks Ago

that is quite understandable and I too have been crazy busy and behind in my responses as well. And .. read more
Wow i interpret this to be a tree which is a testament to its resolute willpower to survive all odds and tempests, it still drinking of the light despite being felled, you have depicted it awesomely with fab muse inking. Kudos!!

Plz also check out my two newest poems and then pleez comment on one of these two poems that you prefer. Thanks

Posted 1 Month Ago



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