Monday, December 12, 2011

Truth is No Stranger










Truth is No Stranger

Emma

Stranded on the shore
of a world she never knew,
longing like a lover for a sail.

Edna

The seduction of solitude
the final lover stretches calm
across the Gulf.

Virginia

The water, finally,
the water fills her
like no lover ever could.


Magpie Tale




13 comments:

  1. Quietly moving; well written...

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  2. Quietly moving; well written...

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  3. three different reactions- very true, thanks!

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  4. I love this ... hints of Jane Austen and her Emma, Edna Ferber and Virginia Woolf.

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  5. Wonderful! I confess that the Edna one was lost on me... still, the very different approaches to this were well-angled.

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  6. longing like a lover for a sail...love that...and love the refs through out...

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  7. Everyone - When I saw the prompt, I had just read this quote from Madame Bovary: "Deep down in her heart, she was waiting and waiting for something to happen. Like a shipwrecked mariner, she gazed out wistfully over the wide solitude of her life, if so be she might catch the white gleam of a sail away on the dim horizon."

    That led to thoughts of Edna (Pontellier, from Kate Chopin's The Awakening) and other literary figures who chose the sea -- as did Edna and Virginia Woolfe. Hence the title of the poem, a play on the old sayong "Truth is stranger than fiction." in the case of V. Woolfe, not necessarily. She chose the sea.

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  8. Please forgive typos. These on-screen keypads are beyond my dexterity.

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  9. This is beautiful Karen...i love it!!

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  10. This is beautiful - and although the last verse is fabulous, it chills me to the bone.

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