Monday, January 9, 2012

Barn Charm #67 and "Time" a poem revised



Time

Stoically the old girl prevails,
seemingly impassive
to the degradation of time.

Gracefully she poses,
unaware her resplendent scarlet robe
has long since been stripped from her frame.

Tattered and stained, her corset bulges,
seams hinting at what used to be.

The west's version of a Norma Desmond
dreaming of a triumphant revival,

a stunning close up
as she gracefully glides
across the horizon once again.

Desire still strums it's fingers
across the strings of her heart

as she seductively lies in wait
for her man to need her again,

but for many an old girl
renewal is an unattainable dream.

Time continues its course,
beating down her will,
demanding submission.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, Revised January 4, 2012

This is for "Barn Charm #67" which I will be linking to on Tuesday. Of course, the Norma Desmond reference refers to the aging Hollywood actress in the amazing old movie "Sunset Boulevard" starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson.  If you like old movies and have never seen this one, you are in for a treat!


19 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful images, but your poem made me very sad...

Janet said...

Yes, yes. LOVE the whole poem, but this...Desire still strums it's fingers
across the strings of her heart

as she seductively lies in wait
for her man to need her again,...


...is what makes it a heart-throb!

Pat said...

Margaret, your photography and poetry are charming. You have certainly been blessed with creativity!

Kim, USA said...

It is a beauty!

Barn Charm

Margaret said...

Yes, sad, but true. I do think so many of these barns retain a dignity even when they are on their last legs...

Lesley said...

Lovely, evocative poetry.
I want to reach up and fix that door for her.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

What a beauty! Love that hanging door & the sepia looks really neat!

Thank you for joining this week's Barn Charm, very much appreciated! =)

EG Wow said...

Perfect barn for inspiring poetry.

Traci B said...

A sad and poignant write that applies equally well to aging barns and we women of a certain age. ;)

Jeannelle said...

Nice photo and poetry!

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful...

Ruta said...

What a great old barn and your poetry is beautiful.

Rose said...

Beautiful...both words and photos.

Genie said...

You rpoetry is beautiful and the captures of the barn awesome. I would love to see it up close. There is something about the abandoned and “fallen down” one that really appeal to me. It is like I am driven to photography then before they are gone from us forever. genie

Beth said...

great shots. i love them. great poem as well. thanks for sharing. (:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

These barn photos are incredible. In your poem I especially loved the line "desire still strums its fingers across the strings of her heart". Well done!

Margaret said...

Thank you! If you have never seen the movie, I hope a few of you get to watch Sunset Blvd someday.

forgetmenot said...

Love the old barn AND the poem is fantastic!!! Gosh, you are becoming amazingly good at writing wonderful poems. Your talent just makes itself more and more apparent everytime I read something you have written. Mickie :)

Ginnie said...

That old barn deserves every poem you'll ever write about her. What a beauty.