Legacy Richard Harteis

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Legacy  by  Richard Harteis

Legacy by Richard Harteis
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LEGACY by Richard Harteis / 62 pps / http://stores.lulu.com/The Church Of Living Hope BookstoreIt’s never easy to lose a loved one. Our emotions escape us in numerous ways- tears, anger, denial, reverence... and for the lucky (if that could even beMoreLEGACY by Richard Harteis / 62 pps / http://stores.lulu.com/The Church Of Living Hope BookstoreIt’s never easy to lose a loved one.

Our emotions escape us in numerous ways- tears, anger, denial, reverence... and for the lucky (if that could even be a proper description) there is poetic closure. Harteis bravely shares his deepest pain, the loss of his partner in life, the poet William Meredith, through such lines as in V. Sentimental Reveille-A penguin, a white wolftake shape in the crumpledtissues on the night stand,affirm the dull irony:When the sun pours into my sleepAnd I first open my eyes, youare never to be seen again,but in dream.These are hard poems.

Honest poems that glimpse a life filled with humor, respect, camaraderie and love. Poems that realize their end. So much shared is now solitary. Visuals, as in “Aubade” of a deer, a hummingbird, the trees, are now seen alone. Obvious in how much they truly shared, he laments “How can I bear this/without you?” and I wonder, myself, will beauty be the same without someone to point it out to?There is so much involved in death, so many ways to bring the pain to the surface that it can be devastatingly unbearable, as so in “Procrastination” where “The condolence letters/throb on my desk” ..

reminders that the bleeding has not yet stopped.This love is so profound, so eternal.In the poem “A Plan” Harteis tells of a plan they had to return to Ireland, with a nod to George Burns perpetual dedication to Gracie, he speaks-I never renewed your passport, butI’ll smuggle you in through memory,illegal immigrants gone underground inthe heart’s duress. I’ll show you aroundthrough my own eyes - not so blue,they’ll have to do. Take them darling,they are yours. Perhaps by the timewe reach Ireland, they will be smiling.He aches for even a ghost to appear, anything to lighten the heaviness that bears down on living without someone so vital to his life.

An insurmountable void, unfillable and desolate. He allows an exemplified summation in “The Lesson”-“Have you ever lived alone before,”John asks, knowing you have died,solicitous. “Yes,” I say, “Often alone,but never lonely...”



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