"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Magpie 93 or Years of Use





Ol' Red was a faithful friend
Enduring bouncing little feet
Drooling dogs chewing bones
Popsicles and sticky treats
Grownups sleepily snoring
Through TV shows oh so boring
Now all Ol' Red hears is a woosh
The cars are passing by..... swoosh







This book the Red Couch marks the culmination
of the four-year adventure of two award winning
photographers who traversed the USA with an eight
foot long red velvet couch and the dream of creating
a portrait of America. The Red Couch is a stunningly
beautiful diary of a dream fulfilled, a portrait of
America in all her diversity and the story of
adventures nonpareil.
Photographers Kevin Clarke and Horst Wackerbarth

28 comments:

anthonynorth said...

The life of a couch. Excellently done.

Margaret said...

You really captured the essence of a beloved piece of furniture and all it sees... (I hate popsicles ... peanut butter is just as bad :)

The Cello Strings said...

red is a cute color,
glad to see you take the prompt by focusing on red.

childhood memories are always profound to recall.

Jinksy said...

Sort of 'Have couch, will travel"... ;0)

Laurie Kolp said...

There are lots of memories held within our couches. If only they could talk!

thingy said...

A very full life, indeed. : )

The book looks interesting. Thanks.

Helen said...

We've had a few of those old red couches in my lifetime ... love the extra info about the book.

rel said...

old sofas are like a comfy pet always willing to cuddle or play.
rel

Lena said...

Awe....there so much love in sofa world today.....and we all have to let go, sadly!

Carrie Burtt said...

A well served purpose...we could learn a lot from a couch....love this Kathe! :-)

Suko said...

NICE!!

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

I've never really thought how many stories our couches might tell if they could talk! Very nice piece. Well done.

kaykuala said...

There is no denying the usefulness of a sofa in the house. It could have witnessed far more than mentioned. If only it could talk!

Hank

Isabel Doyle said...

I love the way your couch tells a lifetime's tale

Doctor FTSE said...

A life well spent . . couched in a few great lines.

Martin said...

At last, the couch has its say.

Celia said...

Our best friends are sometimes just under us, unnoticed. Interesting the objects in our lives.

Trellissimo said...

Lovely couch Magpie.

Berowne said...

"O would some power the giftie gi' us
To see oursel's as couches see us." :-)

Brian Miller said...

so many memories...now relegated to the road side...nice use of sound there at the end...i like..

Tumblewords: said...

Ah, yes...life's changes. Well told...

ds said...

Good Ol' Red. Thank goodness furniture can't talk ; )

Lyn said...

Sad endings, indeed...and I really like the parallel universe of the "Red Couch"...

Lydia said...

This was a rollicking fun magpie about that old couch! And you are so great to introduce an appropriate book along with this magpie. :)


longest, weirdest word verification I have ever seen: kbensupe

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Good old Red - a life well lived!

Anna :o]

Linda said...

Excellent poem - makes me a little sad for the old couch.

chiccoreal said...

Dear Kathe W: Awesome! What a fine concept...and dream fufilled! Excellent! WoW! :)

zongrik said...

wow, 90 years, a long long time