Wednesday, June 2, 2010



A fold of paper
holds my prayer.
I find my niche
in the crumbling stone.
My message is tucked
into a fracture.

Walls shield temples
and bells in the wind
offer the reassurance
of God listening.

Just as fountains receive
the coins of return,
slivers chip off
the archeology of walls
to become the sands of time.

A compelling question
once was clutched
in the hand of a maiden.
She slipped her prayer
under a rock.

Did she get the life she pleaded for,
or did she get a life of plagues?

But that was a thousand years ago,
how can it matter now?

I pray for blessings,
I pray for the maiden,
as I slip my fate
between the stones.

@copyright/ all rights reserved/ 2010


Jeane Myers said...

'my message is tucked into a fracture', I love that and so many other parts of this work, xxo

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
That's fun for me, finding these odd phrases..thanks!!

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

lovely message.
thank you for the fun!

Lyn said...

Hi Jingle-
Always good to hear from you..thanks!

Tess Kincaid said...

That last line is especially beautiful. Wonderful piece, Lyn.

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
Since you write such good poetry, I appreciate your comment...thank you!!

alaine@éclectique said...

Love this Lyn. It's something I've never done (a written message) but will, one day. Keep the faith.

A Cuban In London said...

It's a pwoerful piece, more so when one realises that a wall is a strong structure, pretty solid. So, is your message meant to soften the wall? How would the wall take it? It opens up many possibilities and readings. But then, that's what good poetry is for.

Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Greetings to a Cuban-
I'm only saying maybe..the wall protects the temple, or is it the barrier to (God)? Receives the prayers which linger in a fissure for 1000 years? ..or.. Makes me think of the Wizard of Oz, also behind the barrier!
Good game!! Leave it to you...thanks!!!
Of course we can ring that bell...sounds like God!

Lyn said...

Hi Alaine-
I think writing things down makes it official..(and somehow more important)! But no vanity, of course..
Thank you!

Unknown said...

Hi Lyn,

I was beginning to wonder who the maiden was/is and whether her stone was within the wall or elsewhere? Your comments about the wall being protection or barrier are also interesting. Why do we construct wonderful buildings in the name of God?

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
Oh, just any old maiden, I guess..I think her message was left in the wall..
Constructed for God? What inspires us..hmmm..Love/fear, politics, control???
Thanks for suppositions!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Tender loving prayers to extend to the timeless maiden...beautiful!

Sheri said...

lyn, this was fantastic! i can see, in my mind's eye, the silent pleading mingled with hope that He will listen and answer as we request. you've done such a marvelous work with this peice!

Lyn said...

Hi Mary Ann-
Thank you..I too think the maiden's story is the same through time!!

Lyn said...

Hi sheri-
You're very kind..thanks! When I do poetry, I'm happy to see it go somewhere that makes sense...

Anonymous said...

love the first line "a fold of paper holds my prayer", a queenly life is not always filled with blessings as Anne found out ....nicely done bkm

Lyn said...

Hi bkm-
Thank you..that's why we carry prayers, within and without, I guess...


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