Sunday, April 3, 2011

"An Old Acquaintance", a poem and "An Old Flame" another poem


I adore this horse next door.  Such spirit and energy!  The left eye is blue, just like my pony when I was a kid.  It is often referred to as a "glass" eye.  It works perfectly well and I love a horse with one.  Some people hate them.  This is my submission for the "Sunday Creative"; the prompt word for this week is "glass".

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"Photo courtesy of India Hobson for One Stop Poetry"
The Sunday Photography Interview over at "One Stop Poetry" is with India Hobson.   The above photograph with it's beautiful coloring is the poetry-prompt challenge.  The following poem is for "One Shoot Sunday".  Stop over to see the other entries.

An Old Acquaintance

An old acquaintance I can not shake,
always peering over my shoulder;
creating self-doubt and insecurity.
Ignore her at times, I do,
but rather persistent is she.
There are times she has a point,
making me rethink my strategy.
But mostly, this self-doubt of mine
is better ignored and replaced
with another muse, Ms. Creativity.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens, 4-3-11

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The poetry challenge today for Kells' New Daily Poetry Prompts ("button" on my side bar) is:  Write a poem that is really a love letter to an old flame.  To make sure it doesn't slip into sappy, make sure one or more of these words is in the poem:  dung beetle, politician, nuclear, exoskeleton, oceanography, pompadour, toilet. ... (this is getting hard!)

An Old Flame

The "love of my life", I did meet today
I, with no makeup and hair in disarray!
Caught in the grocery store's ice cream aisle.
A flash of recognition, and a faint smile..
(His grand pompadour; a comb-over! Here's
the real tragedy of sixty years!)
Recalling passionate promises whispered
earnestly.  "Soul mates forever" we declared
off to college we went; to speak no more...
until today, standing by the freezer door.
Gallantly he bowed, offered me the last 
"double fudge" ice cream. "Are you sure?" I asked.
Tentatively he inquired of me, "My sweet,
are you possibly free to share this fine treat?"
So, here I am all atwitter; the same
butterflys of years ago for this "old flame!"
A lifetime of happiness and joy to share
of memories, timeworn.  And now a new affair
perhaps to pick up and once again pursue;
It does seem I have a "thing" for eyes of light blue.

By Margaret Bednar, Art Happens, 4-3-11

Too bad comb-overs aren't as adorable as this:

Image courtesy of Google Images

14 comments:

Helen said...

I have known insecurity often ... also have had a thing for blue eyes ... more than once! Your poetry is magic.

Ruth said...

Oo la la. Enough to melt the ice cream. ;-)

Carol Blackburn said...

Beautiful, Margaret.

texwisgirl said...

a comb-over. :)!!!

Joan said...

Love the poems. :)
This horse is unique! Nice. Very creative for the prompt.

Dorian Susan said...

I just love this whole post. The glass eye horse, the muse of self-doubt and creativity in joust, and your fun response to "an old flame". Delightful all. Thank you for sharing.

Glynn said...

With the Hobson photo, I think you've caught the blending of subject and photographer. Tt's the mirror, I think; the reflection suggest an ambiguity as to the real subject. Nice one.

Rachelp said...

What a cute little puppy... he almost doesn't look real! So sweet... Also...like you ..I do NOT enjoy laundry...LOL..

signed...bkm said...

Yes that insecurity can really stop us from doing so many things...it takes awhile to learn to ignore her presence and listen to Ms. Creativity...who is much more rewarding...I love your drawings...they are so lovely...bkm

Patty Ann said...

Oh, love both of these. It is amazing how much you have learned and progressed this year!!

Tess Kincaid said...

That doggy comb-over is hilarious. Thanks for the Monday morning giggles!

izzy said...

Love the horse with the glass eye! and the poem on old acquaintance- Thanks.

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

What a cool horse! One of the best pictures I ever took was of these horses: Horses

Margaret said...

I thank you all for your comments. Last night I fell asleep leaving a comment for a blog friend in the Netherlands... will try again to visit your sites tonight without "crashing"! ;)