Sunday, May 27, 2012

discontent

House At Dusk, 1935, Edward Hopper
it is all a blur
the words, 
did you scrape with a flinty tool
I wrote on the walls with a chalk
somewhat rough
in the burnished interior
austere measures do nothing
my discontent is drenched with your brittle talk
I will hide in the barnacles
it will nicely cocoon me
shadows will hover in the periphery
I will pick some
take those to the forest
I will merge into the trees

in that house, without shadows
you will live alone
"didn't you choose that for yourself,
why are you discontent now? like me."

30 comments:

Crazy, poetic life ~Dana said...

Amazing! Your wording is beautiful. I love how everyone sees the pic so differently!

Crazy,poetic life ~ Dana

brenda w said...

Excellent use of the words. Your opening is strong. I also like hiding in the barnacles...it's an interesting image.

Traci B said...

Hiding in the barnacles - strong image of using sharp and brittle things to protect ourselves. Something too many of us do, I suspect.

Well wordled.

Daydreamertoo said...

I suppose we get the life we draw to us, either good, or bad. It does seem as if someone living in a house that big, all alone, would not be at all happy. I know I wouldn't.
great use of the words and, I too loved how you made us of hiding in the barnacles. Very original.

Helen said...

This is truly lovely ...

Gail said...

Awesome read. I think many of us saw darkness in this painting.

christopher said...

This is like lemons to me. Really sour but useful nonetheless. Can be taken and changed when you add something more. Love would be salt or sugar here. I prefer salt on lemons to sugar actually and lemon juice and salt are my salad dressing, making love to the greens. When I was a child, I would salt and suck a lemon half. I think your poem, you add love to the discontent and get a livable life.

Linda said...

I really love the morphing imagery in your poem. Hiding in the barnacles and picking shadows to take to the forest were my favorites. Thank you for sharing this expressive poem, Gautami.

Tumblewords: said...

Incredibly fine take on these prompts!

hopefuljo said...

I love your poem... you made such wonderful images from the wordle prompt. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Little Nell said...

The picture really does suggest a gloomy discontented side of life doesn’t it. And brittle talk? Something we should all be aware of I suspect.

Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

I actually saw this a hopeful poem... a hiding from the brittleness and a taking away to the trees a sense of beauty safe from the gloom and brittleness.. but perhaps that was just my own projection.

Your poetry is always drenched in imagery and an exquisite command of language. A pleasure as always. thank you :)

anthonynorth said...

Beautifully atmospheric and poignant.

Leovi said...

Excellent poem, yes, I too suggest discontent.

Enigmatic Soul said...

Wow. You have a way with words. Excellent poem. :)

Jinksy said...

shadows will hover in the periphery
I will pick some

Lovely thought...

Brian Miller said...

why did you choose to live alone? it is a choice and the motives are def worth exploring...

Mary Mansfield said...

great images in this poem...picking shadows, hiding in the barnacles. Very nicely done!

Laurie Kolp said...

Lovely images, great wordling!

Kutamun said...

Strangely hypnotic merging of subject and object , Gautami , thanks

Pranita said...

Melancholic! But beautifully expressed!
Window to the other side

flaubert said...

Truly strong writing, Gautami.

Pamela

Elizabeth said...

Been a while, but am glad to be back. Also glad to be reading your words again. You have drawn a clear portrait, able to be easily seen in such a place, living alone.

Elizabeth
http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/

Marianne said...

Well done! I loved: "my discontent is drenched with your brittle talk" and "hiding in the barnacles."

Tess Kincaid said...

Delicious dark cold textures here...love it!

Helena said...

Quite simply, gob-smacking!

Jules said...

Kudos to the multiple prompts with one well wordled verse! I'm not sure where the photo came from but I can imagine it in any city where one thinks the distance is too great for anyone else to see in, and yet we get that small glimpse and wonder...
My offering is here:
http://julesgemsandstuff.blogspot.com/2012/05/lasting-last-laughs-sunday-whirl-58.html

Carrie Burtt said...

Hauntingly beautiful!! :-)

Willow said...

I hope you will pick me . Discontent is such a mild, but apt title for this hugely angry poem of abuse. It houses the anger. I hope you won't house anything next time.

Richard Wells said...

Well done.