General Poetry posted April 7, 2022

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A contronym poem

Left: Departed or Remaining?

by Jenifer Bellott

That's what she did
She left the world
and me alone in it

to right, I read
her living will
A burden bittersweet

to her first born
a locket old--
long-cherished and well-worn

upon my cheeks
hot streaks of loss
Inside, our photos beam

I am bereft
and memories
are all that I have

The Contronym contest entry

I chose the contronym "left" for its versatility. In the first line, it means "departed" while it's antonym in the final line means "remaining."

Below are all included uses of the word "left":

Line 1 - Departed
Line 3 - Departed
Line 5 - Cardinal direction opposite of right
Line 9 - Bequeathed
Line 13 - Caused/created (by the eyes)
Line 17 - Abandoned
Line 20 - Remaining

This is not a biographical poem; it was composed specifically for the contest.

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