Tuesday, 4 December 2012


My entry (and winner!) of Writers Online Monthly One Word Challenge for November.
Poem of up to 40 lines based on the word  HOLLOW.

Route Map 

Here in the place where our story began 
           Walk down the road to the house we once knew
      Hold onto my hand as we pass by the stream 
       Keep to the path where the children once ran 

                 Take the latch from the old gate and let it swing free
Follow the trail of the borders of green
       Take from your pocket the key made of brass
Unlock the door to the essence of me 

       Step into the space that was known as the hall
    Turn to the stairs which will lead to our room
Pause at the fifth, even sit where I sat 
while I waited and listened and longed for your call

Climb to the landing which is carpeted gray
Look through the window, remember the view
Reach for the handle, turn it sharp to the right 
Open the door to the room where we lay 

Lie on the bed with your face to the sun 
Feel the smooth warmth of the blanket and sheets
Place your hand on your heart and imagine it’s mine 
Prove to yourself that the future’s begun

Hope what you have are the things that you sought
Cry as I do for the time that has passed
Know that you've left this dark space in my soul
Hollowed and empty, devoid of all thought.

Water Colour by Stewart Platt