Carrying the years

Posted: April 15, 2014 in default

At tonight we are taking the unusual work of Phyllis Galembo and crafting our interpretation in words.

carrying the years

The weight of years
captured in this moment
of stoop and sticks.
Frayed life worn like
some badge ..
make that badges.
Mop heads clinging to joints
speaking as each stiff step is made.
Entropy outwardly worn for all to see
And yet
and yet
that sideways glance forbids
any murmur of sympathy. Though
outwardly the gossamer swirling
round your head is web-like
That look
That look
whispers there is still a life to be had.

  1. brian miller says:

    great close…there is still life to be had
    even in the stoop that comes with age
    i like how you play off the pic with frayed
    as well…entropy outward….nice turn there…

  2. Mary says:

    Yes, any life is a life to be had, I think. We can’t judge the value of anyone else’s life. And We should be thankful for the life that we have today…as it is, frayed or not.

  3. jo-hanna says:

    Ekphrastic it may be, but it stands entirely on its own. [without sticks :-)]

  4. claudia says:

    there is still a life to be had… love that… fantastic interpretation of the pic here..

  5. Hah! Yes, he does look as if the weight of the world is on his shoulders – but defiant with it. Excellent!

  6. great write.. yes – there certainly is a life to be had… love the way you ended this.

  7. I like your response to the image, truly looking at what’s there and reading it. I too see contradiction in it, see the decay and the festive encouragement of hope.

  8. Laurie Kolp says:

    Great take on the picture… love it!

  9. Grace says:

    I like the glimmer of hope that I see in the end ~ Wonderful take on the prompt ~

  10. MarinaSofia says:

    Do you know, I hadn’t interpreted this photo in that way at all, until I read your poem… and now it seems like the perfect interpretation. Well done – great observational skills. And boy, do I feel my joints in the morning!

  11. Bryan Ens says:

    Beautiful! The weight of years certainly should not negate life yet to be lived!

  12. Abhra Pal says:

    This is beautiful. I love the weight of years and really like the close in here. “there is still a life to be had.”

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