Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Old Pattern

This poem is posted for Magpie Tales

Magpie Tale #62

Photo by Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tale #62

One cut through glowing mother-of-pearl

Reveals the old familiar pattern,

Perhaps the only story;

Passion, Jealousy, Anger

Death

Three figures on the bridge:

Two, conjoined, bitten by lust.

Mandarin - sword in hand.

Fisherman - love’s savior.

Death

Two doves kiss above

Under the sun.

Time compressed.

Scene complete.

Blue Willow

Legend

19 comments:

  1. I love this. Several years ago, I found on eBay, a little book, The Story of Blue Willow, identical to the one I read from my school library in second grade. It's a treasure.

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  2. Absolutely breath-taking piece, Ann! I really like the images... especially glowing mother-of-pearl, the three figures on bridge, and two doves kiss under the sun.

    ~laurie

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  3. perfect tale, beautifully written

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  4. "Perhaps the only story"...just a perfect concept/phrase. The whole thing is very well done. Vb

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  5. nice...love how you picked up on what is going on underneath...great little verse...

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  6. Layered and yet quite plain, and simply laid out, like a place setting of symbols. Such are the every day legends and talismans that add a glint of ancient meaning to a prosaic life.

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  7. What I wonder is, why do we eat off these flagrant mythologies, foregrounding them impossibly with the daily meal. I never thought to look but my wife does the collecting ... Such dark dramas we bless our food over, hoping, I guess, grace falls heavier than old wrongs rise. - Brendan

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  8. So kool, I just wrote a poem recently on the same plate. Yours is much better. Very smooth. Almost like the sunny side egg yoke running on the plate smooth. Super job.

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  9. You swirl so much through so few words -- well done!

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  10. I like the way you concentrated on the china plate!!!

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  11. Thanks All for reading and taking the time to comment. Encouragement does inspire more attempts to improve my writing. I know how time consuming it is to get around to all the magpie posts;differences are fascinating!

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  12. That's a beautiful, seamless story of Willow! I never knew! I love how you told it in this poetry form.

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  13. Nicely done. Especially the final half dozen lines.

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  14. Good to see the plate receiving attention instead if the eggs...

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  15. Nice to see the tale - I made reference to it in my piece. It's surely a fine fable.

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  16. Good tale-telling via egg/plate. =)

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