(18/8/1947 / Aberdeen)

The Address Remembers

The door remembers
the layers of bottle green paint
the brass-bulled letterbox
the glittering granite steps
the rhododendron bush
the shining number plate

The hall remembers
the echoes reaching the ceiling
the spider webs around the hanging lights
the coats stand with Zulu knobkerrie

Grandmother's room remembers
lily of the valley, lavender
peppermints and whiskey
prayers and hatpins
a velvet choker, an ivory elephant

The music room remembers
sub zero cold
the piano's polished face
an unlit fire
a frowning metronome


The parlour remembers
a sheepskin table cover
a back scratcher
a panting dog
an old mahogany sideboard

The loft remembers
secrets, the roof
a seaman's chest
torn lino
rows and rows of furs
an overkill clothing

The bedroom remembers
windows with frost fairies
the stink of Friar's Balsam
clammy sheets

The garden remembers
tom thumbs nodding
sparrows twittering
thistle and rosebriar waving
chives, heather and mint

The shed remembers
man things- tools and screws
a place for everything
everything in its place

The garden walls remember
studs of purple flowers
disembodied voices of the neighbours
the world kept at bay

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Comments (13)

wonderful imagining on remembrances.Congratulatiopns
Memories of life! ! The door remembers! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Everything has a memory that is remembered. Beautiful poem.
The shed remembers man things- tools and screws a place for everything everything in its place The garden walls remember studs of purple flowers disembodied voices of the neighbours the world kept at bay - - - - - - All the things around the house have some stories to tell.A stunning write about fond memories of childhood.
If you live in a house for a long period of time, you get attached to the house. Each part of the house, the door, the hall, the rooms are all filled with memories. Even objects in the house have a story to tell. Beautifully written. Congratulations Sheena!
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