Enter the Metal Man – a poem

Side Note:

I’m taking part in the 2014 PAD challenge, which means this is a break in what I usually post. Today’s Poem is to:

For today’s prompt, write a blanket poem. In my part of the country, we’ve had a recent cold spell and folks have been cuddling up under their blankets. In other places, they’ve even had to deal with a blanket of snow. Some people–regardless of the weather–have their security blankets, which may or may not be actual blankets. And some folks make blanket statements. There may be other ways to cover a blanket poem and if you know it, then go for it.

Instead of writing for NaNoWriMo, I’ve decided to make these poems inspired by the second draft of my work-in-progress, currently titled “Arch Villains”. It will also be posted in the PAD Challenge post.

Vandusen Garden. Image by Heather Button

Vandusen Garden. Image by Heather Button

Enter Metal Man

Under cover of darkness
I sneak out to the barn
Wondering why the wailing.

My young eyes peer through
grimy windows of the machine shop
watching cobwebs drifting in the draft.

Shadows blanket the room
but moonlight meets motion
and I jump in surprise.

The metal man, rebel,
rummaging ruthlessly
through rusted boxes.

Turning to face the window
unmasking himself
revealing the father I know.

Silently he nods and I enter
tip toeing over rough tools
picking up a needle and thread.

He removes the iron suit
without words
I work with his wounds.

Looking into his eyes
I nod, understanding
we can never speak of it.

How about you?

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This post was first published at http://atomic-temporary-30814180.wpcomstaging.com 2014/11/03.

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