Monday, December 19, 2011

Mystery

Photo by Lee Friedlander,
posted by Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tale # 96














I can’t tell you here about the pigeons
on the Odd Fellows Hall* the other day..
They made me think of fancy crests
on lovely English glass houses,
lined up on the ridge as they were,
watching the bay for something.
The old hall is closed now.

They have no bearing on the Mona Lisa
in a trench coat and head scarf,
framed by the dead-bolted door.
She clearly knows the high shadow
approaching; her eyes anticipate
white doves and olive branches -
benevolence and joy.

*Independent Order of Odd Fellows hall, 1889,
designed by Providence architects Gould and Angell.

Eustache Le Sueur, 1650:
The Annunciation, Gabriel the Archangel

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24 comments:

  1. i hope that reality is as she hopes...the shadow looks very menacing...smiles...i like how you started with the pigeons and scene the previous day before getting to her....nice piece...

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  2. Our local Odd Fellows Hall was always a source of wonder to me as a child - what WAS an odd fellow? I never asked ...

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  3. We had an Odd Fellows and a Rebekah Assembly in a city close to the town I grew up in ... Like Jinksy said, who could figure out what in the world they were all about? I like where you went with Friedlander's photo, Ann.

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  4. A poem of hopeful anticipation - do we lose that as we have more experience or is it a 'muscle' that needs to be exercised to thrive and grow strong?

    Happy Christmas to you and yours and a Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

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  5. Ann- Great contrast here and a bit mysterious. I really enjoyed it!

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  6. I had a different take on her smile. But I like yours as well. I also hope she's right about the "joy" he brings. I think he might be dangerous.

    ~Shawna
    (rosemarymint.wordpress.com)

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  7. Very hopeful at the end, yet full of mystery. Enjoyed it.

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  8. I love your opening line, unexpected: "I can't tell you . . ." And then using the pigeons to evoke "fancy crests on lovely English glass houses." Evocative. I can see them.

    And then we have Mona Lisa in a trench coat and head scarf (upon which the pigeons "have no bearing"--love that), anticipating white doves and olive branches. I liked it right there. I didn't need the explanation of benevolence and joy. Just me.

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  9. Happy ending on the horizon? Great response to the prompt!
    Isabel x

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  10. Nicely done! Looks like good things are on her horizon!

    Pearl

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  11. Mysterious first verse, but very enjoyable in the round.

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  12. happy OLN...and i hope that you have a very merry christmas!

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  13. Watching and aticipation...interesting view on this in these two stanzas.

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  14. I have been pretty repelled by the magpie photos of late, and this one so much so it actually makes me unable to look at it--it's as if the woman is being erased--but I did enjoy your poem, and your ability to find something so full of light in it.

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  15. Truly great take on the pic, bringing it to life and into the light. Happy OLN night! And Merry Christmas too!

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  16. ok... you won me over, I am a fan! :) thank you for painting this marvelous images in my head! beautiful and mysterious!

    http://magicinthebackyard.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/polaroids-of-delilah/

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  17. Beautiful, Ann-- unique and exquisitely crafted poem. xxj

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  18. Did odd fellows associate with strange women? The photo certainly suggests that!
    Good Magpie given the odd image this week...
    I hope that you and your loved ones have a Merry Christmas!

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  19. Two fresh takes in one post! And they spark insights off each other. Superb!

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  20. She clearly knows the high shadow
    approaching; her eyes anticipate
    white doves and olive branches -
    benevolence and joy.

    - I just love the way this reads. It has something about it. I can't quite define it, but I know I enjoy the heck out of it. Great poem.

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  21. My grandfather was an Oddfellow member! I felt an immediate appreciation of this piece, it's melody and cadence. That reference seals the deal!

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  22. Like how you tell us what you can't tell!
    Happy New Year Ann!

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