Saturday, August 30, 2014

"The Ultimatum"

Blue Muse Art - Etsy Shop  Photographic art by Kelly Letky
The Ultimatum

I tempt fate
with childish pluckings -
unwanted revelations

Start over again
with devotional plea -
innocence held
between prayerful fingers.

Start anew, summer's spirit
chained about my head -
upon my lips "he loves me,
he loves me not".

Pagan or Christian?
Tell me
what I want to hear
and I promise to convert.

by Margaret Bednar, August 30, 2014

Oh, the impetuousness (sometimes not so childish) heart!

This is for "Imaginary Garden of Real Toads - Sunday Feature Artist - Kelly Letky'


Lisa Gordon said...

As always, this is just wonderful, Margaret, and Kelly's photograph is really beautiful.

Hannah said...

Beautiful choice to write to, Margaret and you've brought an added emotive depth to this, too...nicely rendered. :)

mood wings said...

What a powerful ending. And I love the opening too:
"I tempt fate
with childish pluckings"

Kerry O'Connor said...

Ah! This is simply lovely. I love the final thought. Love is its own religion.

Sumana Roy said...

i like the innocence, playfulness and the sweet anxiety leading to deeper thoughts here...a lovely write :)

Fireblossom said...

There may a lot more truth than you intended, in that last line!

Grace said...

Which way to be, such a crossroad for innocents ~ I hope he or she chooses well ~

hedgewitch said...

You know I love this Margaret--I personally like to believe in whatever is most beautiful and kind in all of it. This is a lovely,reverberant response to the delicate image.

Mama Zen said...

I love that last stanza! Wow!

mrs mediocrity said...

I love the images you evoke, and that very powerful ending...a circle of meaning to match that daisy chain crown. Fabulous!

Björn Rudberg said...

Oh if you get the wrong answer .. just pluck again.. there is a sense of hope in that.

Susan said...

This is how converts are made and also how chance shapes religions.
Have faith.

Helen said...

... love the question you pose at poem's end. Beautifully done, Margaret.

grapeling said...

well done, Margaret ~

georgeplaceblog said...

That opening is marvelous... don't get the answer you want you get a do over... nice

Susie Clevenger said...

I am with Kerry, I love the ending. There are so many questions attached to a flower petal. Beautiful

consciouscacophony said...

What a vivid throwback to childhood's flower petal games of the heart.

Marian said...

oooh, i like that childish impetuousness... i'll be who you want me to be, just give me a hint. very nice!

De said...

Love that first stanza, so much. Well done.