Last Night They Came And Took, by pd lyons

artist unknown

artist unknown


Last Night They Came And Took


canvasses  manuscripts

typewriter  paint box

dictionary, (oddly common words underlined or written in the margins.)


ash tray  like a bulldog head
mouth still filled 

Marlboro butts  empty Norman Rockwell match books.


denim jacket faded  

shoulder torn  by a lawn mower,

pockets lined 

loose tobacco lint

  Goldsmiths Art Shop receipts

  napkin from The Russian Lady 

name of Bitkis written on the back

  and a business card for chair canning.


four real silk Japanese prints.

two exactly the same posters of Deborah Harry.


 sleeping bag he used for a bed.
chair he carved Africans into.
lamp he won at the carnival last year for getting two black targets with one shot.

they took

  they took

  they took.


and for me the one who loved him?






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  • Donna J Snyder  On February 24, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Can you share some context? Irrespective of that, something about the poem grips me, disturbs me. Very effective.

    Liked by 1 person

    • pdlyons  On February 28, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      hi Donna, i don’t know that there is much context with this. wrote it in late 80’s. death, love, loneliness. what its like to be in love, loose that love and not be able or allowed to have any right to anything your beloved left behind….


      • Donna J Snyder  On March 1, 2015 at 2:16 am

        So harrowing. Thank you for sharing your personal experience. I’m sorry I was so nosey and hope I did not rekindle your pain.

        Liked by 1 person

      • pdlyons  On March 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm

        not at all Donna. i am well within my life. the work is published in order to be received by the reader. in this case yourself. and hopefully there is space in the piece(s) or the readers experience.


  • pdlyons  On February 23, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Reblogged this on Pdlyons's Explorations.


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