The Light in the Kitchen’s Gone Out

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Some of you may know I am currently holidaying in Greece with my daughter. Her father lives here with his elderly mother who is significantly more frail than when I last saw her. So frail she can no longer live at home, and the kitchen she presided over everyday is now silent. She always had the lamp lit and it sits there on the bench, totally quenched.

It struck me as so sad, I scratched out a poem. Then I saw a submission invitation from MxLexia magazine to create a  Villanelle style poem. I’d never heard of it, but a beautiful example is Dylan Thomas’s Do not go gentle into that good night. Technically, a Villanelle poem has five lots of three line verses, finishing with a four line verse. The first and third line of the first verse alternate through the poem. Click the Dylan Thomas link above for a treat and to see it in action.

The Light in the Kitchen’s Gone Out

Pip Brennan

Dimitra’s Kitchen is no more,

Abandoned by old age,

Stricken into silence.

 

Stroke has struck,

Walking causes falls,

Dimitra’s Kitchen is no more.

 

The daily shrine,

For food pilgrims,

Stricken into silence.

 

Food for the son, even the dogs,

Pita making by hand,

Stricken into silence.

 

Those hands no longer work,

Quite like they did,

Dimitra’s Kitchen is no more.

 

What happens when there is no light,

For those who have passed?

Dimitra’s Kitchen is no more,

Stricken into silence.

 

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