Monday, April 13, 2009

Unicorn


for: National Poetry Month,
a new effort, not from Two Ghosts.
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxTHE THREAD
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One thread, tattered, lies hidden
beneath the surface of the tapestry.
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Stand away from the wall
Stand back!
The guard protects the expanse
atop the marble steps.
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Stand back from the wall.
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The needlepoint, on tour,
gathers round it
the rapt consideration of centuries.
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A vista of woven Unicorns,
the carpet first adorned a breezy
palace hall,
when each Duchess
dropped a stitch every hundred years.
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One thread, never pulling free,
not attached to the heart,
a fiber serving no known purpose,
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Not a bit of it seen,
not being there to the eye,
like being alive and not being somebody,
not only not famous
but a filament detached, floating unbound,
waiting within its perception
to be christened.
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18 comments:

Dave King said...

Both the poem and the unicorn are lovely.

Lyn said...

Hi Dave-
Thanks for visiting and for your kind words!

Jeane said...

I love the last stanza? the most! so wonderful Lyn....

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
Thanks so much..for some reason, this was a poem that just poured out of me..love when that happens!

Derrick said...

Hi Lyn,

A lovely poem, which makes one think. I really like

"The needlepoint, on tour,
gathers round it
the rapt consideration of centuries."

At Stirling Castle they are weaving a set of tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn to adorn the restored Great Hall. One can see the volunteers working via a glass wall. Such wonderful symbols woven through the threads.

Lyn said...

Thank you!
Last year there was an exhibit at the Met of several tapestries, a Unicorn among them. All breathtaking..how could they have been accomplished?..just a wonder!

A Cuban In London said...

I love the way you play around with the image of the woven unicorns. It's so vivid. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Greetings to A Cuban-
Thank you. It's funny how poetry "takes over", seems to write itself, like I'm channeling!

willow said...

I love the notion of that one persistant little thread! Lovely poem~!

Gaston Studio said...

If you were channeling, you were tuning in to a pro!

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
Thank you..from one persistant thread to another!!

Lyn said...

Hi Gaston-
Thank you.. Poetry's sort of a mystery anyway...

Deedee said...

"like being alive and not being somebody,
not only not famous
but a filament detached, floating unbound"
Yes, I have felt this way. Great poem, Lyn.

Lyn said...

Hi Deedee-
Thank you for your comments..indeed, there is that existential feeling..

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Love the poem, Lyn! And the Unicorn is beautiful.

Lyn said...

Hi Raph-
Thank you so much-
Mythology aside, I'm thinking that perhaps you've run into a Unicorn or two in your travels?

Poetikat said...

Wonderful source of inspiration! I love that idea of the thread hidden beneath the surface and the Duchess's "dropped stitches".

Kat

Lyn said...

Hi Kat-
Thank you for your kind words.. Funny about writing poetry.. sometimes it happens so fast, it's like,"who did that"? Right?

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