Penelope’s Poems

April 6, 2009

A Spare Place

Filed under: poetry — penelopephoebe @ 8:27 am
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A Spare Place

I sit in a chair and gaze
At the faces opposite me;
Our hands trembling in unison
My keepers will never see
The shame I feel as I sit in
Soiled underwear, pervading
My soul, turning hope to dust
And I shall never leave this place
Of death and despair; ‘till a bag
Is zipped; they’ll cover my face
For fear I may cause offence.

Somebody said we have fish
For lunch; like a Mexican wave
Our frail excitement undulates
And we smile.  No one is brave
Enough to ask” Is the fish fresh?”
Thus risking censorial frowns;
It pays to not rock the boat.
Mrs. Baker died yesterday.
Not one person lamented this,
No feelings in disarray;
A spare place at the table.



  1. a wonderful insight into an all too commonplace daily tragedy!

    Comment by Malcolm — April 8, 2009 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  2. beautiful place to be,
    great write.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Jingle — September 21, 2010 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  3. This is fine poetry. I read a lot of amateur poetry on a daily basis and this is a cut above a whole lot of it. Great work. I hope to be back to visit soon

    Warmest Salad


    Comment by Luke Prater — September 21, 2010 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Luke. This poem is my favourite.

      Comment by penelopephoebe — September 22, 2010 @ 4:27 am | Reply

  4. What a journey you have taken us on…thanks for linking with Potluck, I enjoyed your poem xx

    Comment by buttercup600 — September 21, 2010 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

    • Thanx, Buttercup. Not too uncomfortable a journey, I hope.

      Comment by penelopephoebe — September 22, 2010 @ 4:30 am | Reply


    Hello, friend:

    Our Monday Poetry Potluck Is NOW open, linking is open from Sunday 8pm to Tuesday, 8pm, welcome join us by linking in 1 to 3 poems, you could use an old poem, the more you share, the happier we are…hurry up!
    Thanks in advance.
    Hope to see you soon…

    Comment by Jingle — September 27, 2010 @ 3:15 am | Reply


    pass to 1 to 10 friends..
    Happy Weekend!

    Comment by Jingle — October 3, 2010 @ 1:59 am | Reply

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