Sunday, 30 September 2018

Paper boats



Photo by Artak Petrosyan on Unsplash 




Paper boats on the river,
house of cards on the sands;
love walks on calloused feet,
winds wipe off the prints inland.
It stops sometimes, slumps and limps -
that too shows up in the prints.

Parchment leaves on the water,
fragile webs on a twig;
hope’s hands are slowly bleeding
popping dreams far too big.
The glass is cracked, the ice melts,
the heat is high, there is no help.

The brands are stocked in the shops, 
contract’s signed on dotted lines,
the top’s all yearly bonus,
the bottom marks overtime.
This glass ceiling’s pretty cute
depending on the side that’s viewed.

Fake and antifake uptrend,
history is just a hashtag -
edit, crop, rotate to suit.
There are two sides to each flag.
Several stripes, wheels, rockstars,
each with its own piece of war.



Back to writing it as it comes and keeping it short. Less agony for all concerned parties :) Still a little hungover, seem to be obsessed with rivers and riverine stuff such as confluences and boats, wonder why?  

The day's already getting noticeably shorter, light's failing by five thirty. I love all seasons, but autumn is my favourite, except I miss the long daylight of summer. But happy to do without the heat. The festival season is round the corner. Always a time for quiet glee. 

And it's also time for the spooky challenge sign ups over at Write...Edit...Publish...nothing quiet about that, I assure you...







18 comments:

  1. Water (moving or still) is such a powerful metaphor for so many of the things which crowd our heads and hearts. And both a benison and a destroyer...

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    1. Nearly three quarters of our world...right now, more in the role of a destroyer, sadly..

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  2. Very nice. I like the rhythm of this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for being here. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. Some people don't realize just how much history is edited.

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  4. Stimulating verse. Just keeping up with everyday life seems like a constant battle. A little peace and quiet won't go amiss.

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    1. Agree with you, the invited stresses of modern, globalised life.

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  5. the glass ceiling stanza strikes too close to home. You covered a lot of issues in this poem, all with excellent imagery.
    I'm with you on autumn - October is my favorite month - not too hot, cold, etc in TX. It's just right and pumpkin orange splashes of color make me smile.
    Have a good week - keep paddling along

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    1. Thank you, you have a great week too. Pumpkin orange is such a cheerful colour - makes paddling easier.

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  6. Hi Nila - we all need our imaginitive thoughts ... mine would be the sea ... where obviously your rivers flow towards ... while some life fights against the running tide.

    Too high a heat is definitely not in my ambit of a happy time ... but sunny skies are ... Autumn is a time of change, while the merry season brings us hope of a new refreshed year ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Better to flow and ebb with the tide. Less stressful. Autumn is indeed all about change and that's why I love it.

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  7. Autumn is my favorite too. The days are shorter here too, but the light lasts until 7. The leaves are falling, but still so many blocking my view of the sky.

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    1. You are so lucky. Here it's dark way before 7 now. And most trees remain be-leaved all year round...

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  8. There seem to be many things mentioned here that aren't liable to be with us for long. As the song says, "Nothing lasts forever but the Earth and sky." (And I'm not so sure about the Earth.)

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    1. Yeah, me neither. Not with the way we are treating the planet.

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  9. Hi Nila! Too much here to disseminate! I tried to pick it about. I love the thought you've put into this. Well, I've got to mention the 'glass ceiling'. Too cute.

    Nice turnout for Day One at WEP. It's all happening!

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    1. Yep, this month the fun/spook quotient's going to go through the roof, methinks...

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