Monday, August 2, 2010

Mag25

 

A rusty old lock
on my rusty old heart
the good and bad secreted inside
together like gum stuck to my shoe
on a hot summer day.

Step, scwintch, step, scwintch,
trying to run through the minefield
that life has become
tossed from bash to blast
like children skirt the cowpies
in the baseball diamond out back.

A rusty old lock on a splintery 
sagging wooden gate,
missing its silver key --
all tarnished and black.

-kls 2010

This was written in response to a Magpie Tales prompt.  Write your own and link here to see the others.


I have been an AWOL blogger for a week or so now because I have been working on the tiger and cow quilts.  I've almost finished the tigers -- all the blocks and inner borders are quilted.   I have only the last three borders to finish -- hopefully tomorrow.  I'll post pictures when it's done.  

14 comments:

susan m hinckley said...

"step scwintch step scwintch . . ." such a great auditory image! I loved it, and also "tossed from bash to blast," but then I'm a bit of an alliteration junkie. Great magpie! (and your cow looks positively amazing -- the ears! wow.)

Robbie said...

ok, I'm also curious on the lock?? What is it? Where did you find it??

Lyn said...

"the minefield that life has become"..such picturesque language! Very good..

Karen S said...

Robbie! The picture was posted on magpietales.blogspot.com as a creative prompt. You are invited to write a short story or poem and link back to the site. Check it out! There are fabulous writers there every week! I'm tickled that I can include myself.

Helen said...

I loved the reality of this Magpie ... real life! Nicely done.

one more believer said...

that is a treasure of a story.... love how you used the magpie.... waiting for the bus

Jingle said...

well written,
thanks!

Words A Day said...

I loved the sounds of the gum on the shoe! and the rhythm of sentence & image - like children skirt the cowpies/ in the baseball diamond outback - is just perfect!

Jennifer said...

Marvellous images - they add rich layers to the piece. Like this one: "like children skirt the cowpies in the baseball diamond out back."

signed...bkm said...

love it - i have dodged cowpies in the pasture...your image is vivid and real....well done magpie..bkm or is it cowpie?

kathew said...

oh I have so been there- love especially
"trying to run through the minefield
that life has become
tossed from bash to blast
like children skirt the cowpies
in the baseball diamond out back."
Just wonderful!

ninotaziz said...

Love this magpie especially the second stanza ! What a life...an emotional roller coaster of vivid moments that give birth to vivid imagery.

willow said...

Love the minefield analogy. Well done.

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, I so enjoyed this!