EMPTY VESSELS • by Paul Ingrassia

Small boy
in the backyard,
tossing a baseball to
the sky – eye blackened, tears fall in
silence.

The last
drops of scotch trickle down the drain -
he walks outside to try,
once more, to be
Daddy.


Paul Ingrassia reads and writes short poetry and prose from Westchester County, New York, where his loving wife and children exhibit superhuman amounts of patience with him when he spends hours on end with his nose buried in a computer or book. He is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a passion for the works of Adelaide Crapsey and her poetic form, the American Cinquain. He also enjoys exploring prose poetry and the efforts of classic as well as modern poet’s within the genre/form. Paul’s writing has appeared online and in print in a variety of magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.

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EMPTY VESSELS • by Paul Ingrassia, 1.8 out of 5 based on 16 ratings
Posted on July 31, 2010 in Other
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  • AJ Smith

    Wow! What a moving poem.

  • http://potpourrisachet.blogspot.com/ Roberta SchulbergGoro

    Agree with AJ – very moving poem of loss of father. I don’t understand the title though. “Empty Vessels” is a very old term for barren women but I don’t see that connection here.

  • http://www.everycrowinthebluesky.com Burgess Needle

    Love it. So much packed into a brief poem. I understand the ‘vessels’ to be both the sad space within the narrator of his father’s memory and the literal empty bottle. Am I too far off on this? Anyway, even an immediate reading gave me goose bumps.
    Burgess Needle

  • Garth

    A little too sentimental, IMO.

  • http://potpourrisachet.blogspot.com/ Roberta SchulbergGoro

    I thought “to try, once more, to be Daddy” referred to that phrase “you are the man of the house now” anciently spoken in mourning households where the duties were sharply divided. The boy of course does not take over the marriage duties.

  • http://themysticfool.blogspot.com/ Paul Ingrassia

    Thanks to all who commented and voted.

    For those who asked, the title refers to the literal empty bottle of scotch, as well as the figurative empty vessels within the father and son.

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