jen groeber: mama art

4 kids in 3 years: reflections on motherhood, art and life.



Jennie and Dad
Homecoming 1989

Chik, chuk, chik, chuk; the hazards beat a dull heart.

We line the cars up along the sepia-tinted streets of my childhood.

There are flags trembling, a light drizzle.

I am alone in my car, waving to my best friend just ahead.

It is a parade, a homecoming,

a funeral.


Funeral procession
April 2014


[Written for the WordPress Weekly Challenge: Fifty, a fifty word post that tells a story.]

26 comments on “Homecoming

  1. Mrs. P
    April 9, 2014

    A perfect portrait of the event…you also captured it with words alone.

    • jgroeber
      April 10, 2014

      Thank you. I had to find a way to get those hazard lights into something. They’re so ominous. And to be driving alone in a funeral procession through our hometown. When do we do that in our lives? It just allows for this whole world of thought.

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  3. Burns the Fire
    April 9, 2014

    Haiku, my friend. xx

    • jgroeber
      April 10, 2014

      Was looking for you, the Queen of Divine Brevity, to hit 50 words out of the park. Although I did like your vulture piece.
      Did you try the challenge?

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