"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, April 21, 2013

Magpie Tales #165 Sorrow

Monhegan's Schoolteacher, 2004 by Jamie Wyeth

She reads by the window 
By the window's moonlight
 Moonlight in cold limbo
In cold limbo she savors 
She savors those words
Those words with a bite
A bite brings sad thoughts
Sad thoughts of tomorrow
Of tomorrow and the cold snow
The cold snow that will cover
Will cover her sorrow

After the Snowstorm-January 18, 2013

Thanks to Tess Kincaid for this
 evocative image by Jamie Wyeth.
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  1. Great repetition in this.

  2. Very well done. As always. You really have a way with words.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

  3. I haven't seen much of Jamie's work lately. I wonder if this piece is finished. If so its interesting how he's leaving portions of the composition so sketchy. As always your wonderful words perfectly reflect the image.

  4. Anonymous2:16 PM

    Neat, that looping repetition.
    Good sounds.

  5. I can't see the sorrow. I see hair fresh from the shower, toast in her mouth and the book for swotting up on the day's lesson material.
    But I guess she might be sorry she took the booking to sit for Jamie in the window, forgetting at the time it would be winter!

  6. A book can set you free from your sorrows -- but only for a little while.

  7. No time for snowy contemplation! Spring is springing????

  8. How poignant. Its just a matter of time until we get a snowstorm in Australia in january

  9. Yes covering sorrow with snow- good

  10. A book can be such a great escape from our sorrows and from everyday life. Beautifull written my friend.

  11. Stafford Ray has left a comment which leaves me speechless, but in agreement! LOL

  12. Jinksy- I loved Stafford's comment-and replied to him thus:

    Stafford- I know what you are saying....and I like your take on the painting....sometimes I really dont know where I am going til I am there! Good to hear from you- hope all is well on your side of the planet! Cheers

  13. such sweet sorrow...loved it..x

  14. I also savor cold limbo...

  15. Oh for the sorrow of it all.... A refreshing twist, and an excellent write you offer! Thank you.

  16. Great poignancy in this...the repetition justifies itself...superb!

  17. I think this is my favorite piece of your writing, Kathe. What a poignant take on the painting, made all the more so by this remarkable photo of Shasta-Buddha. Great post!


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