Week of Wonders

“Week of Wonders” evokes the feelings I had during the years when I would travel weekly for work from Boston to New York along Amtrak’s coastal route. I’d always feel a sadness leaving home in the early morning before my children woke; but in Manhattan I’d stay in the Wolcott Hotel, a wonderful 1904 landmark, where I imagined I felt the spirits of the people who had stayed there when it was new.

This poem uses the Malaysian pantoum form in which lines repeat in a set pattern.

At bedtime, said my son, I wonder why
There’s language with its crowds and crowds of words
What happens when we die and what are we?
In song-soft warmth we watched the moon grow gold

There’s language with its crowds and crowds of words
But orchids paired with driftwood lance the heart
In song-soft warmth we watched the moon grow gold
Like warehouse rooftops glazed with morning cloud

As orchids paired with driftwood lance the heart
My small boy asked me how’d the Big Bang start
Past warehouse rooftops glazed with morning cloud
My coast train sails. What’s gathered, scatters far

My small boy asked me how’d the Big Bang start
The hotel’s spirits lounge around my room
All coast trains sail. What’s gathered, scatters far
Wainscoting hides a marbled ballroom’s gleam

The hotel’s spirits lounge around my room
Its doll inventors, bankrupt millionaires
Wainscoting hides a marbled ballroom’s gleam
The fireworks scion, racetrack king are gone

Did doll inventors, bankrupt millionaires
Watch dust light dancing in a beam of sun?
The fireworks scion, racetrack king are gone
I see the dark and I just want and want

Watch dust light dancing in a beam of sun
What happens when we die and what are we?
I see the dark and I just want and want
At bedtime, said my son, I wonder why

Tags:
Kimberly Gladman Jackson is the author of Materfamilias (Tandeta Books, 2018) and Tesseract (Finishing Line Press, 2016).
You can connect with her on her website.

Posts in your inbox

Sign up to receive blog updates in your email box!

Related Posts

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy these

Comments