“The Shirt”


“And something touched me deep inside, the day the music died” (from “American Pie”  by Don McLean, 1971)

“The Shirt”

Lingering in closet still,
stiff work shirt he wore.
Odor of Old Spice and twill:
starchy, checkered button-down.
Straight, long sleeves she ironed around.
Sad, his collar turns more brown,
hugging musty hanger.

(this poem for my husband John 1935-2009)

10 Comments on ““The Shirt””

  1. KymmInBarcelona
    September 21, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    I have a shirt like that.
    Lovely poem, and a sweet, sad tribute.
    Sorry for your loss.

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  2. Hannah Gosselin
    September 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Oh, Jackie. ♥ This is so emotive and brilliantly poignant.

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  3. angieinspired
    September 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    This is a loving, honest tribute. I love the song you referenced too. Great poem.

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  4. Draug419
    September 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    A sad but beautiful tribute.

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  5. nataliedeyoung
    September 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I love how simple this is, yet packed with emotion. Very subtle.

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  6. lovelylici1986
    September 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful.
    -Alicia Audrey

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  7. deanabo
    September 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Beautiful tribute….. You can feel your love for him.

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  8. Tara R.
    September 23, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    This was such a tender moment. Thank you for sharing this.

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  9. trifectawriting
    September 23, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    So sweet and sad. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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