Posted by: theresegilardi | May 28, 2011

“Father Chair”

The following excerpt is from my poem, “Father Chair”. My poetry will next appear in the upcoming edition of “Onthebus”.


Pere Lachaise sits behind tall gates, across from a strip of seedy souvenir shops selling cheap mementos of past Parisians. It’s a crowded city of boulevards, streets and alleyways with no names, a baited trap I’ve fallen into where the dead stare at me from gold rimmed frames mounted atop their graves,their faces trimmed in black like that fun fair head in a box or that girl whose melon rolled down down down to the ground then bounced high as the red rubber ball I used to play four square with when the velvet ribbon wrapped ‘round her neck came untied. Dust to dust indeed. I slide on the slippery stones running between the rows and rows and rows of elevated tombs the color of the steel mill stacks that punctured the night clouds when I was little, back before they shuttered the plant and everybody fell ‘neath the frozen ground, lungs lined with ribbons of asbestos and a whole bunch of chemical compounds they still don’t have names for. I catch myself on the plot of a little girl named Miriam, a little girl the age of that child whose missing posters used to decorate the metro station walls ‘til they peeled away or were covered by one of those adverts for cheap English lessons, a little girl of seventy-nine, her marigold mane parted, primped and plaited, gazing at me with eyes that never knew mascara, lobes that never knew earrings, lips that never knew the kiss of life. Or maybe it just hadn’t been invented yet.




  1. Well done! Thanks for the poem read. I enjoyed the imagery.


    • thanks allure! and thank you for stopping by.

  2. Poignant imagery. Sad stumbling across that little girl’s grave.

    • thank you for your kind words, cate, and for your visit.

  3. I’ve actually been there and you captured the feel of it beautifully.

    • thank you, rebecca – isn’t it a haunting place?

  4. Wow. Quite impacting. I got chills over your description of the missing children posters. Great job.

    • thank you, ginger – is there anything sadder than a missing child?

  5. Beautiful images to be found here. I felt like I was part of it.

  6. Very vivid imagery! Well done!

    • thanks, kathleen – i appreciate your visit.

  7. Very well written

    • thanks jayel, and thank you kindly for stopping by.

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