Sunday, January 16, 2011

PATTERNS/ Poetry Potluck #18

THIS WEEK'S POETRY POTLUCK #18 , "Languages, Signs, and Symbols"...... came up as a welcome challenge!  Please visit the site and join in!!


What happens to symbols,
whether an embroidered lotus
on a prayer cloth,
or an inscribed silver vessel
for holy water?

Even a wall of stone
emblazoned with Assyrian Kings.

eyes staring,
chins raised in ferocity,
cheeks puffed with power,

awaiting tribute
to be tossed at their feet
by the vanquished,

all start to unravel.

It's as if a hired hand
was deliberately mutilating,
breaking, tearing threads,
wiping out splendor.

But it's no more
than the clear pattern of time.

@copyright/all rights reserved/ 2011


Kavita said...

I just LOVED this one, Lyn... it's so beautifully worded!! I have often looked at those antiques and glyphs, and wondered what was the story that went behind it all... the emotions, the personality .. (sigh)

You have said it so well here, my friend.. a lovely take on the potluck prompt!!
Thanks for the share..

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

My goodness...
your fine poetry on symbols make me smile...
super apt take.
your words are well chosen.


Lyn said...

Hi Kavita-
I'm very happy that you liked this..lucky to have such good prompts!!

Lyn said...

Hi Jingle-
I always look forward to your prompts and your lovely comments!

Reggie said...

The show of elegance and power distinguished, over time...loved the ending.

Pamela said...

fantastic imagery!!!! enjoyed it immensely!

Windsmoke. said...

Very vivid imagery very enjoyable indeed

Anonymous said...

nice.. thank you for sharing! here's my potluck..

Olivia said...

Beautiful potluck indeed.. very well composed..
Love xx

Unknown said...

Agree that the images this poem evokes are powerful. Well done!

Lyn said...

Hi Friends-
Haven't been neglecting you..beloved computer has had several crashes in the last few days..hope today brings the ability for me to participate again..fingers crossed!!

Lyn said...

Hi Reggie-
Really like your encouraging!! Thanks..

Lyn said...

Hi Pamela-
So pleased with your comment..thank you!

Lyn said...

Hi Windsmoke-
I like what you said..thanks so much!

Lyn said...

Hi fiveloaf-
Thanks..can't wait to get to yours! Love the prompts..

Lyn said...

Hi Olivia-
That's very nice..I appreciate your words!

Lyn said...

Hi Jane-
I think the strength of Assyrian art really helped me..thank you!

hedgewitch said...

Quite a nice one, Lyn. I think the most potent and sometimes even the most elusive symbols are never truly gone, just recycled, turning up where needed.

Lyn said...

Hi hedgewitch-
Very interesting..I think symbols evolve, and there is a long history in each one in present day.

Unknown said...

Beautifully done! Imagery depicting emotions and destiny. thank you for sharing

Lyn said...

Hi dan-
It's all intertwined, isn't it?...thanks for your comment!

Ally said...

Hi Lyn - was looking for an email but I couldn't find one so this is my way of reaching you. Great work on this site - beautiful. I'm looking for great writers to contribute to my new site where photographers post visual prompts for writers to interpret in words. Would love if you'd contribute:

Lyn said...

Hi Ally-
What a great idea..very happy that you thought of me. Will this be daily posts or only certain days..glad to participate..thank you...


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