Thursday, March 29, 2012

IGWRT's -Poem Sketching & dVerse-Live in the Moment "The Sentinel" and Friday Flash 55





The Sentinel

Sentinel ever vigilant
gargoyle-like she stands,
ready to defend
her youthful charge

silhouetted silently
amongst swaying sweetflag
as the dewey eve
comes a night-tripping.

One last pebble thrown,
one last birdsong tweets,
she grabs his hand,
ushers him homeward;

today's voyage
soon tucked away,
his dreams of tomorrow rippling
beneath crisp, alabaster sheets.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, March 29, 2012

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This is linked with Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: "Poem Sketching", the challenge being to create a word list, or word sketch.  I did this by picking out words from each of these photos I took of the other evening and then used "Dictionary.com" to expand my choices.  I thank you, Ella, for this really fun exercise!

I am also linking this with "Friday Flash 55", a story in 55 words, no more, no less!

I have also linked this with dVerse Meeting the Bar "Live in the Moment" with host Victoria C. Slotto who's beautiful blog is "liv2write2day's Blog".  These photos were taken almost two evenings ago and I immediately came home and started penning this poem as I was so filled with "the moment". 




47 comments:

Margaret said...

Curious if the word gargoyle throws anyone. I know they are often associated with grotesquely carved figures"... but they are also all-seeing, ferociously protective...

Teresa said...

I love this! Your pictures are incredible, and the poem truly does reflect that protective feeling wonderfully.

Ella said...

Margaret,
You did a wonderful job...so many thoughts came to mind! I love the way your imagery guided us...
I like the gargoyle word...I see them as protective, too~
I have to read it again...really enjoyed it!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a perfect portrait of the brother-sister bond. You have captured it both with your words and photos. The last image is a story all on its own :)

TexWisGirl said...

love it! and LOVE your shots. :)

Fireblossom said...

I adore this, both the writing and the photographs.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Absolutely glorious photos, such beautiful children......and I especially loved "as the dewey eve comes a night-tripping." Wow. A feast!

Anonymous said...

Are those your photographs? They are incredible! Especially the first one. I stared at it for quite some time. I really like the poem as well, particularly this part:

"as the dewey eve
comes a night-tripping"

rosemarymint.wordpress.com

Margaret said...

Thank you, Rosemarymint. Yes, they are my photos... and night-tripping was one of the words I found when doing a word sketch for "evening" I loved this exercise!

Laurie Kolp said...

What a wonderful moment in time you have captured... I love it- poem and pictures!

Mary Ann Potter said...

Childhood moments so beautifully captured, even down to those crisp, alabaster sheets! How lovely, especially with your photographs!

Mary Mansfield said...

Beautiful poem, beautiful pictures! Love the use of "gargoyle," watched enough of the cartoon series with my nephew to know how protective they are. Love this!

Christine said...

Beautiful moment and pictures

hannah uk said...

A lovely moment depicting a beautiful relationship between the two and her conscientious attitude.

Blue Flute said...

What great pictures! The black and white, the images of children alone or together really sparkle. The words also had a nice flow and liked the silhouette.

Marbles in My Pocket said...

Beautiful! The photos are outstanding, and the poem is a treat to savor. Wonderful post!
http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/if-the-clock-is-ticking/

Natasha Head said...

This was just fantastic! Take all the comments above, multiplied by ten to get some idea of how much I enjoyed the entire presentation. The photographs are just stunning, and the words prompted...wonderful!

Karen S. said...

Ah gargoyles, yes they are also known for their protecting charms, to scare away bad, and I do have one small one tucked away in the shurbs, protecting us all! Such a great group of photos, just perfect for this theme! The skipping rocks is priceless,you just know what they are up to! I especially like these types of pictures taken like the ones from behind, like they had no idea the camera was shooting! A very nice post! Lovely spot and darling children as well!

Mystic_Mom said...

This is great - wonderful photos and wonderful words. Thanks for sharing this. A very enjoyable read.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I would've liked this as well wiythout the pictures - the photos helped me to love this.

Thanks Mosk

Victoria said...

I thought gargoyle was perfect...they are, as you said, supposed to chase away bad things and that's why they crown many old cathedrals. Protection. I loved sharing these priceless moments and photos.

hedgewitch said...

This is just gorgeous, Margaret--the scene painted perfectly fits the dVerse prompt, and the word choice is excellent, with the feel of an artist's sketch brought into the final portrait.

ayala said...

Wonderful words and photographs !

Heaven said...

Beautiful pictures and words...I like the last birdsong and last pebble thrown...very nice Margaret ~

G-Man said...

Margaret Bednar...
Everything you touch is PERFECTION!
It's an honor for you to grace my humble writing exercise.
Loved your 55
Loved the theme.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Margaret said...

G-Man... Not everything is perfection that I touch... I always burn the rolls in the oven. NEVER fails. I just forget about them and I make my family still eat them if I made them from scratch.

You are too kind. I can say that because of your 55 exercise, I have become a better poet. :)

All these comments are truly so appreciated - truly inspires me to continue learning this wonderful world of poetry (and photography). Thank you.

izzy said...

Nice!

Daydreamertoo said...

Fabulous pictures. They really are gorgeous. The prose is matched so well with them.
A truly lovely read.

oceangirl said...

Mysterious and beautiful.

Hannah said...

Outstanding! The whole of this is such a complete capture. My heart thrills in it, thank you!

"today's voyage
soon tucked away,"

...beauty!

zongrik said...

i agree with the first comment, the gargoyle kind of threw me, doesn't really go with a cute child

John (@bookdreamer) said...

A moment I'm sure they will remember

Yvonne Osborne said...

Love those crisp, alabaster sheets.
Beautiful pictures.

manicddaily said...

Margaret, I don't think my comment was taken. I thought this was just beautiful, pictures and poem. K.

Doctor FTSE said...

SUch an enjoyable visit to your post. And lovely photos, too.

Leslie said...

The story of the photos is precious
just the right words to tell a tale of youth and their dreams

Mijayami said...

nice 55. love the photos, too. i also love gargoyles but never thought of myself as one...

Margaret said...

Thank you, everyone!

Alice Audrey said...

Interesting exercise. I like the bit about dreams rippling under the sheets.

Dick Jones said...

A neat balance between words and images.

Mariya Koleva said...

Beautiful and very touching. The pictures match perfectly, too. And the whole composition made me feel warm and comfortable.
Best, M.

Lydia said...

Simply perfect for each of the prompts. I am so impressed with the fullness of this post, this feast for the senses. (And I feel I finally understand what the prompt at dVerse was about, having read your description of how this came to life. You have inspired me to try it on my own.)

Wolfsrosebud said...

nice expression of the moment... loved the second pic the most... raises 3 boys... nice

Brian Miller said...

actually i like the use of gargoyle...there is a conotation that makes it a bit menacing but overall it works...i like the pics....b&w is def my fav...

Kateri said...

The photos are breathtaking, the poem beautiful.

Ginny Brannan said...

Oh Margaret, what beautiful photos, what beautiful children. And your "55" captures the moment perfectly. Loved this!!

Ginnie said...

Oh-Oh-Oh. Those beautiful images of your precious children...and the poem to accompany them!