Sunday, May 13, 2012

Magpie Tales 117: Arrangements

"The Meal", 1891 Paul Gauguin 
Shared by Tess Kincaid 



renderings 


there must be 
emotional significance
in how we place pillows 
                   on a sofa,

or exhibit art 
                   on walls, 
angle our favorite chair,
or position food in bowls 
                   on a table. 

an emotive response 
to arrangement tugs our sleeve
like a child asking the 
same question repeatedly...

we cannot tear ourselves
away from these 
                   solitaire efforts 
of enlightenment,

inward renderings of self, 
and quests for 
                   significance. 


Poem © 2012 R. Burnett Baker



17 comments:

  1. We are all on a quest for "signicance". Liked this very much.

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  2. I really enjoyed the direction you went with this and the wording here:

    "there must be
    emotional significance
    in how we place pillows
    on a sofa,"

    and placement of "on a sofa," significant, how fitting! Great poem, Rick!

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  3. nice line breaks rick...and significance is something we all look for...and all carry, even things, but only if we are willing to see it...

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  4. thoughtful observations-you obviously pay attention

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  5. What a lovely, deep read this is. Very nice.

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  6. an emotive response
    to arrangement tugs our sleeve

    There speaks an artist with an eye for composition...

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  7. Very precise rendering, Rick

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  8. Life is a tableau! Really liked this one...

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  9. I love the purposeful structures communicated through your poem, Rick. The phrasing flows with fluidity and warmth. Thank you for sharing this nice write. =D

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  10. I really connected with this poem; I sometimes think I am ocd but I it does matter how my life is arranged..

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  11. ... and this is why I embrace design!

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  12. This really works for me. It ticks so many boxes comprehensively.

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  13. waah! poems like this makes me think. : )

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  14. Oh this certainly struck a chord with me...insignificance frightens me...

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