Monday, June 13, 2011

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt 69: Listening To The Past

shadows of your ocean




for that future 
our house was 
built


a painted 
foundation
to move with
time 
and now - 


and now I 
hold a 
shell of memory
to my ear 
and hear - 


and hear 
shadows of 
your ocean. 




Poem © 2011 R. Burnett Baker 
Photo courtesy of Tess Kincaid

19 comments:

  1. and now I
    hold a
    shell of memory
    to my ear
    and hear -

    This stanza is excellence...love it!

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  2. I love the last stanza especially, this is beautiful, very skilled use of the prompt

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  3. whew...lot of emotion in that shell...only the memories echo...great write...

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  4. ...the photo prompt this week along with your words deeply reminded me of a poem i wrote about the suffering i had with my family few years ago... truly a tough one but i did survive from it... great write... thanks for the read.(:

    ~Kelvin

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  5. This reaching in, grabbed my heart, and gave it a squeeze.

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  6. a delicate interpretation...

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  7. and hear shadows of your ocean - breathtaking.

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  8. superb,

    short, focused, and well done.

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  9. How marvelous to hear any shadow,
    and the melancholy smeared in the
    spirals of shells, and the silkie's
    sad songs that hide within,
    take us all to that place, to that time,
    and we want to put our collective
    arms around you.

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  10. The future is in the past somehow.

    Excellent short poem here.

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  11. rick - i think this is one of your best. steven

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  12. This is so poignant..the ebb and flow of time..lovely.

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  13. Your poem made me think of building our homes on sand ... how quickly we can be left with just the memory.

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  14. the last line just hits the spot. this is truly magnificent.

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  15. I love the "shadows of your ocean" Lines like that are not easily come by.

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  16. you always put emotions in your poems...

    wonderful!...

    JJRod'z

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