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

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Magpie Dreams

Wind of History by Jacek Yerka
My recurring dream of water
sloshing in the wheel wells
on a drive along the crumbling beach
forested wtih trees which would never be
to swim without a suit like a hedonist
in waves crashing over the breakwater
 
gave way to a fork in the road
and a house of many rooms
waiting to be refurbished,
like an antique in need of buffing,
a loving hand to awaken the patina of wood
harvested from the property
and you under the covers in a room with a dormer.

If dreams are to be minded,
I will die of drowning and you and I
will never lie under the covers in the bedroom
on the property of a dream.

The image comes to us from Magpie Tales.  Follow the link to join the Mag Creative Writing Group and read other poems and vignettes using the Wind Of History for inspiration.
 

38 comments:

Anthony Duce said...

The words fit the image so perfectly.. They do tell the rest of the story. Between the two, all questions that need answers are covered.

Laurie Kolp said...

Beautifully written poem, Yvonne... I especially like the last stanza.

Gail said...

Interesting

Brian Miller said...

no we will live in a reality...with a little spit and polish and a lot of work...but it will be grand once more...smiles.

L said...

It's just the wrong house for the two of you...

izzy said...

Wow sloshing is fabulous! in the wheel wells! I have an old poem w/ a memory like that! thanks-
( yes I would love a fan of trees like the ones above! not sure I could avoid driving and walking; even riding under them)

Jinksy said...

Recurring dreams are the worst kind of nightmares! May you never drown! lol ♥

anthonynorth said...

An excellent interpretation of the pic. Enjoyed it.

Gerry@Strummed Words said...

I like the dream and hope of refurbishing and renewing...

Kathe W. said...

do not mind those dreams-very evocative poem

Catfish Tales said...

Very imaginative write. I began a novel inspired by a waking dream. Powerful stuff.

Tess Kincaid said...

Oh I have flood dreams...usually when I'm feeling stressed...

kaykuala said...

There's still hope. Refurbishment will bring a dilapidated house into prominence. Drowning is also a dream a bad one but still a dream! A 'new' house will help discard the 'drowning' dream. Nicely Yvonne!

Hank

Susan Lindquist said...

I love the flow of the line ..."if dreams are to be minded'. Sometimes our dreams just don't measure up ... and neither does reality, come to think of it ...

Bo said...

wow. This is really good writing..

Jackee said...

I love the imagery: dreaming of water. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Yvonne. <3

Cloudia said...

"Property of a dream"

I shall muse on that!



ALOHA from Honolulu
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ninotaziz said...

I love the places dreams take us. And I love how the Great Lakes are at the back of your consciousness.

SueAnn Lommler said...

So sad! Dreams unrealized.
Nice rhythm with your poem!!
Wonderful take on the painting
Hugs
SueAnn

Berowne said...

"Chimerical" might be the right word. Very well done...

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks so much everyone. I do hope I never drown,although I suppose there are much worse ways to go. Thanks, Nino, for noticing. In many ways, they are my muse.

Managua Gunn said...

Very clever verse there...and worth thinking about. Dreams...you made them feel very important, and scary when they go.
Really the poem reaches deep, in the way water does within a lake. Will read again as it does need looking at a few times.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

This poem is a house of many rooms, Yvonne. So evocative and haunting.

Helen said...

This is not a dream, this is my nightmare ... you described it well!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Managua,
Thank you so much. That's really nice.

Tricia,
Thanks!! I like a poem that does that.

Helen,
Thank you. I know water and drowning are common dreams, like ones of flying which I've never had. I wonder what it all means.

Sue said...

You really dove into this artwork. And you came up golden.

=)

Lyn said...

"The property of a dream"..May only the good parts be a prophesy..very special!

Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful..I like Laurie especially like the last stanza..

Margaret said...

gave way to a fork in the road
and a house of many rooms

found that particularly interesting. It is often a good thing dreams don't work out as planned. I find the surprises in the road have been the most interesting. Now, nightmares... well I never want those to come true.

Trellissimo said...

Interesting interpretation of the image...

Yvonne Osborne said...

Sue,
Thank you!

Lyn,
Thanks!

Susie,
Thanks so much.

Margaret,
Thanks for your thoughts. Nightmares can be ghastly. Thankfully, we usually can forget them.

Trellis,
Thanks!

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

Yep, you definitely have a way with words, Yvonne.

Very good. As always.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Wendy,
Hi! Thank you so much. I also love it when you come out of your cave to visit me!:)

Helena said...

Frightening images excellently woven. I enjoyed this!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Helena,
Welcome! And thank you so much.

Other Mary said...

This is wonderful Yvonne. This last stanza is perfection!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

You captured this so vividly!!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Mary,
Thanks!

Optimist,
Thank you!!