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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Laying Poetic Tiles

© Daryl Edelstein


I scrape the barnacles from the hull of life
And shards of humanity fall around me…
Brittle words from the tongues
Of austere women sipping their tea,
The recollections of flinty old men
Drenched in yesterday’s glory,
The simple joys of sidewalk chalk drawings,
Winding roads and long lingering kisses.
I gather the fragments close to my heart
And draw them into my creative cocoon,
Burnishing the rough edges,
Mixing feelings and phrases in a blur,
Binding them together
In my own quirky view of the world
To be shared by those willing to read.


~~~ This poem was written in response to a prompt from Imaginary Garden with Real Toads featuring the photography of Daryl Edelstein, specifically her photos of the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar.  I also utilized this week's word list from The Sunday Whirl and the prompt from Carry on Tuesday.  Be sure to check out the links for some more great poetry!

22 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh this is lovely. I LOVE the intro lines........and drawing the fragments close to your heart. Interesting to envision memories as mosaic.......cool!

gautami tripathy said...

Very very good!

discontent

Daydreamertoo said...

This is lovely
A Mosaic of wandering thought and yet, not wandering at all. It was like a swirl of happy colours in viewing your surroundings and the people who cross your path.
Beautiful thoughts so eloquently expressed.

Mariya Koleva said...

For sure, there'll be many "willing to read". I love this vivid description of your creative process. Especially the phrase "shards of humanity fall around me" - that truly showed off to me :-)
Best, M.

Kerry O'Connor said...

You brought all these prompt ideas together so well in this poem - such an amazing portrait of humanity.

Hannah said...

"Brittle words from the tongues
Of austere women sipping their tea,"

I liked this line a lot!!

Great write, Mary, I also combined the same two prompts! :)

Mary said...

Holy Cow! An amazing write combining all three prompts. I'm impressed, as they were three difficult prompts. Kudos.

Laurie Kolp said...

This is so vivid. I love flinty old men.

Mystic_Mom said...

I'm willing to read, and loving your words!

awalkinmyheart said...

You've crafted many of the life lessons learned into the prompt. I enjoyed reading it.

Belva Rae Staples said...

I like your quirky view of the world!

awakenedwords said...

very good, really liked '
shards of humanity fall around me'

teri said...

The reading of this poem flows easily The "hull of life" beautifully represented in rainbow of images. This is really amazing... you have a lovely view.

gsb said...

you have a great talent for imagery. Your word are worth reading and the time I spent here was worth it...

Traci B said...

Fantastic blending of prompts and a very effective use of the wordle. Great write!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Wonderful poem. I love your use of metaphor!

And congratulations once again on your Honorable Mention in last week's Limerick-Off: Limerick of the Week 63

Old Ollie said...

I scrape the barnacles from the hull of life ...that is my goal right now!

Leo said...

There are readers who shall read your imagery and be lost in it, the beauty it evokes. Through them, the words close to your heart reach their heart. Thanks!

Jules said...

A mosaic of words. From those we pull out of thin air to those that are quite pregnant with importance to us individually. Nicely wordled.
Thank you for your visit and kind words.

margo said...

I love the image of the speaker drawing the fragments into her cocoon.

keithsramblings said...

You captured me with your first line. Excellent.

brenda w said...

Lovely write. Everything cocooned... well wordled! I love "shards of humanity fall around me...."