Light Weight Like Paper Heavy Like Words

Big Room, 1948, by Andrew Wyeth

"There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes." 
~Emily Dickinson

Some memories pierce through my mind
 like winter's morning light
 through a window pane
 moves through a big room
then like weary guests
 from a long journey
 others sit at my table
with the weight of old regrets  
together we relive the past
walk the halls
of torn down houses
remembering the laughter
trying to forget the loss.


  1. I can hear the echoes of that long-lost laughter. Lovely poem (I had Dickinson in the back of my head, too). Thank you.

  2. Oh yes, Carrie! Those long forgotten empty rooms never let the memories go.

    Poignant is the emotion I love.

  3. Like you, I wait for and embrace the sunlight of winter .. which has magical properties.

    Your poem is lovely, Carrie.

  4. Your words wrapped around me as they described the feel of the room. Nice presentation.

  5. really lovely...memories told around a winter table...xx

  6. I love the notion of walking the halls of torn down houses...

  7. Bittersweet, and lovely. Well done.

  8. That Emily can sure write..and you too! Maybe some rooms should not be entered again...perfect.

  9. sometimes just remembering the laughter is the best thing we can do...def an emotive piece carrie

  10. lovely poignant poem Carrie. and thanks for your kind comments!

  11. the room speaks of emptiness to me as does your poem about loss and memories

  12. It's rather sad that winter light, whether morning or afternoon, should oppress and bring so many memories of things better forgotten. There's a poignancy about this poem that fits the picture perfectly. Well done.

  13. This reminds me of Dickens' Great Expectations. As has already been mentioned, the poem matches the picture perfectly. I like it.

  14. Hello Carrie,

    I simply loved your words in the poem. The title is very fitting. I felt as though I could see the atmospheric scene in that room.

    Best Wishes,

    My grandson is now fifteen months old and a loving little boy. Full of fun:)

  15. Very Dickinsonian. "The weight of old regrets" sits around many a table. A lovely poem!

  16. Ever so nice. I think Miss Emily would be honored to serve as lead-in on your poem.

  17. Insightful piece and I agree with Lydia. That idea of walking the halls of torn down houses is so strong and leads so well to the the closing lines, which put in a nutshell why we gather for support, I guess.

  18. I loved the way you used memory as an entity !!!

  19. My Mag this week is no more warm and beautiful then your poem, Carrie. I love Emily Dickinson and this is a particularly favorite quote! Thanks so much. =D

  20. Excellent write. Memories both good and bad are part of us. 'Walk the halls' - how often do we do that I wonder?

  21. Absolutely beautiful poem. You describe the power of memories in such a powerful way. Lovely.

  22. I really liked your words, because somehow knitted into those memories was a promise of tomorrow..... Beautifully written!

  23. Lovely words...i want to read it again and again...each time a different image from my life comes to mind!

  24. Those weary guests visit me in the middle of the night. Sunlight mostly keeps them at bay...
    Nice poem!

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