Peg Bruhn and Grace Burns

Peg Bruhn
After Her


A Drunken Invitation
By Grace Burns
Inspiration piece

We invited her to stay at our house
knowing she wouldn’t take us seriously.
The invitation was conceived from a
mixture of frozen margaritas and wine.
A soft knock on the front door
in the early morning hours
told us otherwise.
I quietly ushered her in
and whispered the news to my groggy husband.
Our visitor had arrived.
The children slumbered on
oblivious to the quiet commotion.
We numbly welcomed our visitor
stunned by the chain reaction
of our impromptu invitation.
Surely, she should have realized
our drunken folly.
We fell in love in a few weeks time
and asked her to become part of our family.
She sweetly smiled and declined our offer
for she had other plans
and she silently slipped away from us
in the early morning hours.
Leaving nothing behind
except shadowy images
of a life that will never be.


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  1. Posted June 2, 2010 at 2:21 am | #

    Wonderful use of visual color to underscore the lyric vibrancy of the poem!

  2. Posted June 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm | #

    I LOVE this piece! WOW. The poem, the watercolor, the titles…..absolutely fantastic!