26 April 2014


not the
store*, but
The Miracle Worker**
the moment
the child
breaks through
to meaning

thirst quench-
er, well water and Light
the moment
the child
in us

the last
drop in
the canteen before doors
the child
who was

Posted for Poets United Poetry Pantry #199

 Poetic Aside's 2014 April PAD Challenge Day 26: Water

*Wawa is a string of convenience stores along the East Coast of the USA.
**The Miracle Worker is a three-act play by William Gibson based on Helen Keller's autobiography The Story of My Life, filmed in 1962, 1979 and 2000.

Copyright © 2014  S.L.Chast


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Such a moment, so well depicted in the movie of Helen Keller by Patty Duke.......such an amazing story - and teacher. Great write, Susan.

a good atheist said...

evocative and thought provoking

Scarlet said...

Such a poignant it is, when the child discovers and leaves for the bigger world ~ Enjoyed this Susan ~ Have a wonderful Sunday ~

Sumana Roy said...

that was a great moment of discovery for the child who litteraly touched the word quivering with life...knowledge was light for her and the portal to the big world....beautiful celebration of the moment Susan...

madhumakhi said...

Ah! That's electric jolt of wonder at recognizing a familiar fixture of the past again! The fixture which happens to be a gateway to a future where all obstacles are conquered by sheer strength of will.

TALON said...

As always, Susan, a pure delight to read. You took something we take for granted and turned it into something else entirely. Loved this!

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

effective lines 'the moment of the child opens' creative composition of ideas and a sense of place.

Natašek said...

it's beautiful.

brudberg said...

Oh thank you for the explanation,.. but still the story of growing up... and entering adulthood.

scotthastiepoet said...

Touching piece Susan, you have captured something precious here... thank you With Best Wishes scott www.scotthastie.com

Anonymous said...

Three stepping stones in the process of being human,


ZQ said...

:-Wawa) use to be the last thing, the last request before sending my children to bed :-)
very interesting piece

Locomente said...

Interesting and thought provoking!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Well done, very effective Susan.
Anna :o]