Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MAGPIE/ Prompt #51

                                                        photo/ willow/ Magpie Tales


That's all that remains,
a road to nowhere,
scarred and burned,
bricks scuffed by time's solution.

A wall, chipped like chalk,
edges flaked,
inform the place
where windows let the sun
shine into the cubiculum.

A door that's gone,
lacking an interior,
summons up frescoes
of playful nymphs,
now departed in history's hand.

Alabaster dust floating
in the minds of Gods,
surrounds the Villa at Boscoreale.

This ash, some glitter,
what went on here?
Ants and weeds will again build a town
between the blocks
come springtime.
Lean down a bit,
you can see the life.

There stands a ghost peering out,
framed by the dado
that Vetruvius said
would last forever.

Tracing along a wall,
now dust in the memory of time,
a mother's face
still smiling, calling,
come back in.

copyright/ all rights resolved/ 2011

Can't believe that we've gone through 51 Magpie Prompts..how great is that??  Thank you, Tess!



anthonynorth said...

You give meaning to place in this. Excellent.

Kathe W. said...

very thoughtful words- well done!

Lyn said...

Hi Anthony-
So glad that you visited..thank you for your lovely comment!

Lyn said...

Hi Kathe W-
Thanks so much for your comment...

Jeane Myers said...

I love that even the smallest hints of the past make us stop and wonder what was - hope you are staying warm and INSIDE! xxo

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
Warm and inside is it!! Stirs up creativity...thanks for your insight..

izzy said...

Oh yes coming back in- inner worlds,
miniature and history ! Thanks.

Tess Kincaid said...

Powerful and chilling write, Lyn.

(Can you believe next week will be an entire year of Magpies? Amazing.)

Lyn said...

Hi izzy-
Thank you..yes, history has a voice, always comes through...

Lyn said...

Hi Tess-
Thanks for your kind words...
all those prompts, in the blink of an eye..wonderful idea!!

RJ Clarken said...

This was truly lovely - and I loved how your ending made me feel - reliving a bit of my childhood!

Lyn said...

Hi lightverse-
So pleased that you liked this..and the ending!! Thank you...

Anonymous said...

super poetic words..

Friko said...

I like your meditation on old walls, paths and histories.

Paul C said...

I enjoy your allusions reinforcing the perennial theme.

Lyn said...

Hi Jingle-
It was interesting for me to "get" this one...thanks!

Lyn said...

Hi Friko-
So glad you liked this one..thanks so much!!

Lyn said...

Hi Paul C-
Thank you, Paul..I really liked getting into this one!

Rinkly Rimes said...

'Still smiling, calling come back in.......what a moment in time caught before disaster!

Windsmoke. said...

Time keeps rolling along and doesn't stop for man or beast. Very enjoyable poem about past times :-).

Lyn said...

Hi Rinkly Rimes-
So nice to hear from you..thanks!

Lyn said...

Hi Windsmoke-
Thank you..I do like to go back in history!

christine said...

I so loved that last verse. excellent writing.

Lyn said...

Hi christine-
So nice of you to say so..means a lot to me...thanks!!

Lolamouse said...

This too shall pass. Makes me realize that everything we think is so important right now will be but dust some day. I don't know if that makes me feel better or worse, though!

Lyn said...

Hi Lolamouse-
It's the way of the world, of life on earth..it is what it is..thanks for your feelings about this...

Helena said...

You never fail to deliver, Lyn. Another cracking piece! I loved "ants and weeds will again build a town between the blocks". Great imagery there!

Lyn said...

Hi Lena-
Well, aren't you nice..So encouraging..thanks!

girl daydreaming said...

the mystical element sweeps me away... i just love it. beautiful.

Lyn said...

Hi girldaydreaming-
So happy to hear from you and I agree..the mystical does sweep us along..a will of its own...thank you.

rel said...

and we're left to our own devices to devine the stories held therein. Well done lady; very evocative.

Lyn said...

Hi rel-
And we get help from poets and storytellers, thank goodness for that! Thank you for your insight...

Carrie Van Horn said...

This is full of so much wonderful imagery....i think it is a new favorite for me of yours Lyn! :-)

Lyn said...

Hi Carrie-
What a wonderful thing to say..I will treasure your words..thank you!


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