A Lost Pair - erasure poem

Writers' Pantry #49

An erasure poem from Truman Capote's  A Christmas Memory.  If you have not read Capote's novella, my erasure will not spoil it for you.   Just don't try to read under the blacked out parts below though, this is the ending passage and gives things away!   I do encourage you to read A Christmas Memory.  Just the ending passage brings me to tears every time I read it.  (And if you think you know Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's by virtue of seeing the movie, you don't know Breakfast at Tiffany's, for the novella is quite different.  Better.)

 

Life separates us. 

School, prisons, camps.

She remains, alone.

Alone, she continues 

single-handed.

In every letter 

she confirms 

a severing from me. 

Broken hearts. 

A lost pair. 

 ©2020 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved


 

Comments

  1. Impressive word-searching. Well done.

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    1. Thanks! It did turn out well, if I do say so myself! Capote used the right words!

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  2. I love erasure poems...Well done !

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    1. I do too! It's fun to try to match up the words.

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  3. Nice I never saw an erasing poem before That works quite well

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    1. I agree, Capote just had the right words sitting there for me!

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  4. I have read a few erasure poems before. They are fascinating but somehow not for me.

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    1. I've seem some shared that are fabulous, and presented so well.

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  5. This is affecting as a poem in its own right. I haven't read A Christmas Memory and will seek it out forthwith. I adore the movie of Breakfast at Tiffany's and can watch it again and again – but perhaps it's really Audrey Hepburn in that role that I adore. Luckily I read the book later (so the movie wasn't spoilt for me). I love that too in a different way; also it made better sense for me of some things in the movie.

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    1. Perfect time of year to read it! It's short, and sweet... and so, so sad, to me. My son read it in school and didn't see the fuss I made.

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  6. wow, that's an awesome erasure poem.
    i have tried some myself but most do not read like a poem. :)

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    1. Oh, I have a lot that don't read well, and others I literally erased from existence!

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  7. Excellent erasure poem.
    I have never tried to do same. I must.
    Anna :o]

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    1. My first was recently, when Poet's and Storytellers United had it for a prompt. I got hooked!

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  8. Intriguing... now I have to get the book!

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