Thursday, 25 October 2007
lording over----Totally Optional Prompts
This week's prompt is from Kooser's book 'Delights and Shadows', published by Copper Canyon Press.
In its stall stands the 19th century,
its hide a hot shudder of satin,
head stony and wilful,
an eye brown as a river and watchful:
a sentry a long way ahead
of a hard, dirty army of hooves.
Though I began with great ideas, somehow I lost interest half way through it. Still I posted it.
on that pedestal, you stand proudly with a fixed stare,
sun reflects your ebony structure wit abandoned glare.
past glories are gone, it is time to consider; reflect upon
what would have happened, if battles had not been won.
combat was the way of life, winning the ultimate prize.
success was measured by seized monies and land size.
it has all come to and end. glorious days have forever
ended. forgotten, hooves held high up, you try to sever
ties with your bygone days. a bit of regret creeps into
the stony heart, chilling it to frost, anaesthetizing unto
nothing. fountains of dust break open the now frozen
thoughts. slowly emerging gleeful feelings are chosen
over sad ones. glimmering scabbard glows even more
sentry duty is taken into stride, heart is no longer sore.