Legacy by Dawn Pisturino

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Legacy

by Dawn Pisturino
site: http://www.dawnpisturino.wordpress.com

A handful of trinkets,
All that remains of a life which spanned sixty years
Through childbirth labor and marital pain,
Poverty and hunger and religious faith.
Everything you touched and cherished and dreamed,
Lost forever to mildew and decay,
And the least which survives –
Just a tiny fragment of yesterday.
The old home place no longer stands:
Its groaning walls were bulldozed to the ground;
And the Dutiful Daughter who stayed by your side
Rots away in a back ward dungeon.
How you would writhe and torment in your grave,
Realizing the legacy you left behind
Is nothing more than ashes and dust;
As dead as yourself; and mourned as much.

@Dawn Pisturino

Gabriela Marie Milton
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  1. gabychops dice:

    This poem is depressing as it can get! In summer and away from the war zones, come on, Dawn, smile and the world will smile with you!

    Joanna

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    1. Poetry isn’t just about rainbows and unicorns. This poem was written as a tribute to someone close to me who led a very difficult life and died with very little to show for it. The tragedy of that situation is exactly what the poem is about. If that offends you, I’m sorry.

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      1. gabychops dice:

        As I didn’t know the reason, I said what I thought. I was not offended, just sad.

        Joanna

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  2. A very powerful and positive poem, although it speaks of death. But death is life, to build we must destroy, to grow we must die a little to other things. Lovely artistic work indeed Dawn.

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    1. Thank you for your feedback!

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      1. Always a pleasure.

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  3. Reblogueó esto en Dawn Pisturino's Blogy comentado:
    I’m pleased to announce that my poem, «Legacy,» is live right now on Masticadores USA. Thank you, Gabriela Marie Milton, for your encouragement and support!

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  4. jonicaggiano dice:

    This is very sad indeed. Many people live sad lives and die sad deaths and those that love them can often be in very hard places. Death can be a tremendously sad event with many repercussions for family. Some things that are difficult to ever get over. Thank you for sharing this with us Dawn. Blessings to you my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Joni, for your heart-felt feedback and condolences.

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        You are most welcome my friend. Having lost both my parents to suicide prior to being thirty, I feel I have suffered some of this tragic loss. Yet I was not in prison. Sending you my love and prayers for this horrific loss my friend. 🦋

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      2. Oh, Joni, how awful! You must be a very strong person, indeed. Have a blessed day!

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      3. jonicaggiano dice:

        Thank you Dawn. 🦋

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  5. Love this line Dawn: «Its groaning walls were bulldozed to the ground;
    And the Dutiful Daughter who stayed by your side»
    Sad she didn’t know how very much she was loved and missed….»As dead as yourself; and mourned as much».
    Sorry for your loss and Congratulations on your published piece! 💖

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    1. Thank you, Cindy, for your kind words. Have a great day!

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  6. Ingrid dice:

    Such a desolate poem! And yet I am sure this is many a woman’s story throughout history…

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    1. Indeed, Ingrid! Too many to tell. Thanks for the feedback.

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