Empty counter

Empty Counter: a poem http://penpaperpad.com

Footsteps echo hollow in
empty shell.
Whispers passed here.
Kisses stolen pressed against counter
while little prying eyes
closed for night’s slumber.
Same counter where champagne flutes were filled
toasting bright promise of a new year.
Marbled tile, shining.
Matching minimal fixtures.
Cold. Metal. Shiny. Empty.
Where the paper left.
What’s mine is hers.
What’s hers is hers.
I always hated this counter.


I wrote this in response to last week’s poetry prompt for The Reverie Journal about a change. For some reason, when I pictured a change it was more of a negative. Instead of a beautiful Spring day, I thought of divorce. Bright and cheery one, aren’t I?

Also, in honor of Poetry Month, I’m doing a different giveaway each week on GoodReads. That’s four chances to win a copy of my poetry collection, The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman. I’ve made it easy by putting a link in the column there. Have a click and give it a go! Ya never know .


Let me know what you think in the comments below.


Aloha y’all! 



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10 Responses to Empty counter

  1. This fits my mood today. Thanks Tamara
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  2. What a beautifully sad poem. Great job!
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  3. This gave me that feeling in my stomach…the one I haven’t felt in a long, long time thankfully. When you love someone and whether or not it is a good or bad ending, there are memories that still make you miss what was once there. Like ghosts. Regardless of the ache it gave me I still love it. I really do.
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    • Tamara Woods

      Sandy, your comments reads like the beginning of a poem. I’m glad it touched you, but I’m sad that it brought back buried feelings.

  4. This is lovely. I understand viewing change as a negative. I am guilty of the same.

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