"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Speaker's Corner

Hyde Park,
where anyone can speak their mind.
It’s Sunday so there’s religion—
urgent voices and eyes that would drain you.

At the far edge is a Marxist with a different stick.
His long hair whips across his face
as he extols the virtue of public transportation
Across the green, the park moves with soccer.


I liked the idea of a Speaker's Corner for my Friday Flash entry.
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55, go tell the G-Man where you can find more brevity and wit and get feedback from coast to coast.

And then have a great weekend.

29 comments:

Susan said...

Very nice! I like your inspiration here.

I’m up right HERE

G-Man said...

Yvonne...Are there still Marxists?
Loved your 55.
You know your way around the ink well My Dear...:-)
Thanks for playing today, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Quilly said...

Public park preachers and a Marxist with a stick. I think I'll skip Sundays in Hyde Park. Thanks for the heads up. ;)

Terresa said...

Love this. Just found your blog and I'll be back!

Brian Miller said...

nice, love hte snippets of life around the action. excellent 55.

my 55 is up!

Vodka Logic said...

"Eyes drain you" ... those speaking out in parks often do... great 55

My 55 is up

Hootin' Anni said...

This is super Yvonne. So much said in so little amount of words. Super!!!

This is my 55 this week!

[if you decide to stop by, scroll down below my Show n tell, as always, to find my FF55]

Have a glorious weekend.

Aubrie said...

Sometimes you have to watch out who you meet at the park! Have a great weekend and don't get to close to that Marxist!

Peter Stone said...

You put me right there, in that park. Loved the touch about the Marxist.

Jemi Fraser said...

Nice! I enjoy finding your 55s on Friday!

Mama Zen said...

This is really cool!

Yvonne said...

Susan,
Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked it.

G-Man himself...
Thank you. Yes, there are and they aren't as scary as the Michigan Militia! Missed you last week. Hope you have a great weekend too.

Quilly,
Thanks for stopping in. Actually it wasn't that bad. It was waaaay interesting!

Terresa,
Thank you so much. I'm happy to meet you. Yes, please do come back.

Brian,
Thanks! I surely appreciate your commentary. Happy Friday to you!

Vodka,
Thanks. Yes the religion peddlers were more draining than the Marxist. Do you know what I mean? Off to check out yours!

Jessie said...

"urgent voices and eyes that would drain you" -- "a Marxist" -- "the park moves with soccer"
such beautiful and vivid images, i really enjoyed this...

thank you,

Buzzard said...

It must be the hermit in me. Sounds like way too much going on in the park on Sunday. I think I'll wait and go during the week when everyone else is at work.

I do love the contrast you have painted.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on mine Yvonne: Respect

Yvonne said...

Anni,
Thank! Happy to see you and glad you liked it.

Aubrie,
Thank you for commenting. Actually, the Marxist wasn't the one who scared me.

Peter,
Thank you so much. Glad you were there with me!

Jemi,
Thank you, always.

Mama Zen,
Hi and welcome to my blog! Thank you. I haven't read yours yet so off I go.

Yvonne said...

Jesse,
Thank you so much. I love comments and I'm pleased you liked this.

Buzzard,
Hi, and thanks. I liked yours this week too. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and you're going to do Hyde Park, you might as well do it on Sunday. Have a great week.

She Writes said...

So there's religions and eyes that would rain you...


Nice!!

She Writes said...

DRAIN you!

Mojo said...

Nice imagery here. Makes me think of the barkers at a carnival or fair.

Felicitas said...

Speaker's Corner - a cool idea in itself and a wonderful "55" topic! The way you described it, I could really imagine being there.

Nessa said...

Variety, ideas, religion and sports. A very fun park.

John's comments said...

Marx rocks!. Here's my rather gory tale

Jingle said...

that's honest and brave post,
enjoy your day,
Happy Being yourself!

Jingle said...

I have written my own 55,
you are welcome to check it out!
take good care!

I love your post!

Talli Roland said...

Love it! :) I live close to Hyde Park so I can really appreciate this one! My husband loved to argue with the radicals while I shrink into the background, pretending I have no idea who he is... hehe!

PattiKen said...

"...eyes that would drain you." I love that line. It's so powerful.

Back in the day, when I worked in software, I walked by a Speakers Corner in Central Park in the company of a Saudi Arabian customer. He was amazed at the concept, and commented that there would never be that sort of freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia.

I’m up here.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Thanks so much for the follow :) Love having new blogger buddies! :)

SandyCarlson said...

I enjoyed this. The "eyes that would drain you" struck a chord with me.

Yvonne said...

Amy,
Hi! Yes, all that preaching coming at you from all directions. Keep walking, keep walking....

Mojo,
Yes, that is what it was like. Best not to make eye contact! Thanks for stopping.

Felicitas,
Thank you very much!!

Nessa,
Yes, it was quite an amazing place. All those voices and ideas...and soccer in the background. I liked that.

John,
Thanks. Appreciate the comment.

Jingle,
Thank you and I will.

Talli,
Hi! I loved it there and I envy you your surroundings, steeped in culture and history. Thanks so much for commenting.

Patti,
Thank you so much. No, a place like that wouldn't fly in the Middle East, or in most of the world.

Shelli,
Thanks so much for following!! I love new faces too. Wow! So happy to see you here.

Sandy,
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.