Sunday, October 16, 2011

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt 87: Universal Language


love prepared 
a feast in 

tangy tangents
of our fervor

in  nearness 
of even the 
smallest view 
of want 

beyond our 

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


  1. Hmmm...there are many ways one can go hungry or feast. Nice take.

  2. tangy tangents - another example of English spelling problems - no rule here, just memorization - the letter g indeed - say it soft but use it hard or as "f" when "h" is added, or even silent (trough, through). You could hate the English language. I think some do.

  3. "...the smallest view of want"...I love that...

  4. not sure if you intended this but i read the post, had a pretty hearty breakfast and now am returning to leave a comment. you made me hungry, rick. lol

  5. Cool take on the prompt. I love "the smallest view of want."

  6. Dear Rick: Tasty dish indeed! "want" love "beyond our needs". Love does bat 900 take us way out of the ballpark into left field...past anything else baby! Love you NY state of mind! I LOVE NY!!! Chiccoreal

  7. Love prepared a feast in tangy tangents of our fervor...I am afraid there was no love in my poem...

  8. Your insightful comments to my post drew me here. And, please, never apologise for expressing your interesting thoughts to me, which I don't find a 'creed' at all.

    I think what you wrote in your published political treatise may be 'right on'. These days, those living in China usually succumb to a re-router, such as a VPN, to reconnect to FB, Blogspot, Youtube and the like. But China has its equivalents, such as that are heavily monitored. To their credit, most of the censorship is to filter out sadism and other forms of unnecessary violence. Still, free thought is monitored but not as tightly controlled as it was in pre-Olympic times.

    I loved my experiences teaching in China, especially meeting and working with my wonderful students and the few humble souls I always felt blessed to stumble upon, as they invariably broadened my own very Western perspective. These friendships and experiences I'll always treasure.

    However, what I didn't like at all was the undercurrent of political deceit - a society with a very strongly intact double-standard. It was there, we knew it, we couldn't pinpoint it, nor did we feel we could so courageously speak about it - only in whispers. With that said, I must say that I did enjoy being back in 2010 and seeing all the varieties of television and radio broadcasts. On the telly, for example, was a China Today programme where the engaging host invited national and foreign professors, other scholars and ambassadors to debate current affairs. Wow. You wouldn't see that happening a few years back.
    So China is progressing in various ways that are not just economical. Yet, I often wonder if it's forever going to be two steps forward, a step to the side and another back.

  9. I guess I have to go with the majority: "the smallest view of want" is an absolute winner.