"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, August 19, 2012

Magpie Tales #131- The Oracle

Under Windsor Bridge, 1912, by Adolphe Valette

The oracle looks
Seeing past mist and fog
Global chaos 
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World War I began two years after this was painted.
The world has never been the same since.
For other's takes on this moody painting go here:

24 comments:

zongrik said...

the best time for the oracle to see the future is through the fog

under windsor bridge senryu

zongrik said...

i'm glad you don't have the verification. i put a comment up before? but where did it go?

did u see my contribution to the MAG? - Click on this -
under windsor bridge senryu

thanks for your kind words about the dogs. i have another two, but these were the ones that were dumped on the street. people will dump any kind of dog on the street!!

zongrik said...

oh, oK, so now you saw it.

yup. politics will make you crazy!!!

Brian Miller said...

so can the oracle tell me if it is really happening right before christmas? i mean why waste time shopping then you know...smiles....

Kathe W. said...

oh hahah Brian smiles right back!
no reference to the Mayan calendar-rather the time before Wordl War I.

Rene Foran said...

The oracle knows!

Stephen Hayes said...

I think your words go perfectly with this picture, and your poem is a wonderful indicator of the horrible war about to descend on humanity. Is this a painting? It looks like an early photograph.

Tess Kincaid said...

I like the notion of the guy in the painting being an oracle...nice...

She Writes said...

I love seeing all the takes on this. On oracle seeing is an original take :).

Lyn said...

Yes, this does look like the beginning of the end..you really nailed it! Oracles are hard to come by these days, I trust you!!

Pranita said...

You've brought the dark side of this picture really well!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Like this idea of the oracle peering into the mist...hoping to discern the upcoming events.
Hugs
SueAnn

Jinksy said...

In praise of Second Sight, perhaps? :)

izzy said...

Yes he could be peering earnestly into the future! Sad that WWII was
forthcoming.

messymimi said...

sometimes oracles see more than is good for us.

Jacqui Binford-Bell said...

The Oracle could be seeing the economic chaos of today.

Nice take on this prompt.

Helen said...

... the GREAT War ~ and the shaping of the 20th Century.

Sue said...

I feel like we're all peering into the mist a bit these days...We could use an oracle, methinks.

=)

Little Nell said...

Ther burden boirne by the oracle to foresee such suffering.

Kutamun said...

Wow Karhe, creepy ! , i remember reading Carl Jung had a crightening dresm that the world was burning just becore ww2, these seers see it coming , eh ! , well done

Linda said...

The industrial revolution produced the machinery that made the future of war so different. Interesting that for a painter who could not see clearly, he certainly understood the ramifications of war machinery. A poignant poem, Kathe. Thank you for sharing.

Karen S. said...

Amazing isn't it how so much can change all around the world and there, and still thankfully the bridge stands serving proudly!

Helena said...

A fine (and part-scary) Magpie!

Tumblewords: said...

Ah, we know so much and yet so little. Nice take on the prompt!