"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, December 18, 2011

Magpie 96




One last smile
Arms folded over the future
She will wait
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
When my aunt posed for this photo she didn't realize
that she was poised for her future. Arms folded
over her growing belly her sweet husband took
one last photo of her before leaving to go overseas
to fight in Germany.
Wearing his uniform complete with his Army hat was her
last view of him until he returned safely years later.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~





Image: Lee Friedlander, 1966
Courtesy of Tess Kincaid
http://magpietales.blogspot.com

26 comments:

Carolina Linthead said...

Arms folded over the future, indeed...nice take on the prompt!

anthonynorth said...

A profound haiku. Excellent.

kaykuala said...

Kathe,
A witty process note you have here!

Hank

Cosmic Petri Dish said...

Oh the bitter-sweetness! Almost too much to bear. Lovely. It evoked mixed feelings of longing and anticipation, with the anxiety of separation and the unknown. It's like knowing there are seeds under the hard frozen soil of a long cold winter, knowing that with the warm spring thaw they will emerge, but at this point, not knowing just what plants they are going to be.

Helen said...

There are so many directions to head in this week, I really like where you went, Kathe.

Máire T. Robinson said...

Arms folded over the future - great line.

Laurie Kolp said...

So very creative, Kathe... loved it!

Daydreamertoo said...

Very lovely. I had put my link thinking it was published but had left it on private...LOL Mine was a bit on the dark side too. This is really very lovely though.

Jinksy said...

That's one clever Magpie. ♥

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Amazing what other people *see* for you!

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautifully done, Kathe. I love the way everyone sees something different in the same photo, but you have really got something special here. Great haiku.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Kim Nelson said...

Clever combination of poetry and story-telling. Wonderful message, indeed.

zongrik said...

perfect senryu

Lydia said...

It really is a profound haiku, just like anthonynorth said. (It is also a much sweeter take than what I wrote for the prompt.) This was lovely for the homecoming taking place from Iraq.

thingy said...

What a wonderful piece. : )

Sheila Moore said...

love how you personalized this.

rel said...

Cool beans Kathe. I see that army guy now!
rel

Brian Miller said...

evocative...the last time..and fresh with child...my what a time that must have been...

Lyn said...

It feels true....And of course the hat is part of the shadow, that makes everything so real. Smart..

Lena said...

I enjoyed the mix very much. Nice read indeed!

And, ah, in case I'm not around, I'll take the opportunity to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS now, Kathe!

Tumblewords: said...

Poignant piece...great job!

Isabel Doyle said...

Excellent lines!

Happy holidays

Doctor FTSE said...

A nice mix of ideas here. Thank you.

ds said...

Lovely haiku--arms folded over the future...yes.
Thank you for this (I hope he came back safely).

Nicholas V. said...

Great take on this Magpie!
Have a lovely Christmas!

susan m hinckley said...

I loved every line of this.