Saturday, November 17, 2012

IGWRT's Music with Marian "Today's the Day"

"The Trojan Horse Brought Into the City" tapestry - hangs in the Vanderbilt Mansion, NY

Today's the Day

Life is a tapestry
of vice and virtue,
not one or the other

where moments, secrets,
joy and sin, interlace,
intricately interwoven

with life's journey
since before
Helen of Troy.

Sideways glances
and wagging tongues
feed upon the fodder of

mistaken choices.
Today's the day
I wise up, stop crying,

stop bleeding,
embrace my shame,
while their voices carry on.

Some things
remain unchanged.

by Margaret Bednar, 11-17-2012

This is for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads "Music with Marian" - highlighting the music of Aimee Mann.

The image of "The Trojan Horse Brought Into the City" hangs in the Vanderbilt Mansion in New York.

The Trojan War tapestry referred to by Homer in Book III of the Iliad, where Iris disguises herself as Laodice and finds Helen "working at a great web of purple linen, on which she was embroidering the battles between Trojans and Achaeans, that Ares had made them fight for her sake." If such a tapestry had been made at the time, then it could explain how the battles were remembered in such great detail over the 400 or so years between the siege of Troy and the age of Homer.

I am having a great birthday weekend... but am running behind on my comments.  It won't be until Sunday evening that I can catch up and comment on the last few challenges, and return the visits.  I am actually looking forward to that downtime!  


Mama Zen said...

Well done!

Have a marvelous birthday weekend!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Somethings do remain the same, indeed!
This is an unexpected response - really ingenius reference to Troy.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Have a wonderful birthday, kiddo. Love the tapestry, your reference to the time of Troy......yes, some things in human behavior never change.

Marian said...

happy birthday, sister-poet!

love this... yes, hard to but so much better to ignore those wagging tongues and embrace unashamed.

Vagabonde said...

Your heading photo is wonderful – just right for the season. Have a great birthday!

Anonymous said...

Like the clarity and wisdom of this composition.

Lolamouse said...

Bravo! Love the reference to Voices Carry and the ending of the poem made me want to cheer! Happy Birthday!

Hannah said...

I like the pov you bring, Margaret and Happy Birthday to you!!

Green Speck said...

Have an awesome birthday :-)

Fireblossom said...

Happy birthday, girl!

Some people will never wise up. But they can be left behind.

Brian Miller said...

really like the opening lines in regards to what goes into our true...embracing your shame is an interesting concept as well...i wonder at embracing or choosing not to let it rule you...

happy birthday margaret...

Helen said...

Beautiful tapestry!!! I'm reminded of Carole King's great album ... the emotions, colors she wove with her lyrics ... Your poem is equally lovely.

Ginnie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Extend it a few more days for those of us who are late!!

I have seen the back of many tapestries and know how two sides of the same coin they are! You couldn't have one without the other...which is definitely a fine lesson to learn in life!