3.14.2010

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt No. 5 - "Matched Pair"



The task at hand was given,
Handle it with care;
Palm the difference tomorrow
Drop the cross you bear.
Wooden nails claw the surface
Screws resist the scratch;
Pointed and stern, you are fingered,
As the one holding the match.



©Janice Stiles-Boults
Photograph courtesy of Willow
@ http://willowmanor.blogspot.com/

Willow, of "Life at Willow Manor", began Magpie Tales in February. Every week writers sign up and then post a poem or fictional story to go with a photograph prompt that Willow provides. Check out http://magpietales.blogspot.com/ to join in the fun!

21 comments:

  1. Janice

    Interesting piece -- One can take that a number of different ways... "Pointed and stern --- you are fingered -- holding the match"
    A very powerful statement.

    Nice,
    Joanny

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  2. Poetry is normally so beyond me but I like this.

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  3. Yes, good play on hand / palm / nails and then the final line!
    Nice one!

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  4. Super title! And I love the opening "task at hand".

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  5. the ending rocked me...love this magpie. vry nicely done...

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  6. A very intriguing and persuasive prose. It leaves many a question to be answered, and peaks the curiosity. Very well done.

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  7. There's a real inner logic to this ..clever and very good...

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  8. This was a walk on the wild side; love the images and mystery.jt

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  9. Janice, I really like this. Not that I'm religious or anything, but I can read into this the crucifixion story through the lines "Drop the cross you bear." arched into "...you are fingered, As the one holding the match." Very powerful no matter how it's interpreted!

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  10. Nice use of hand imagery! And a hark back to the match of a previous magpie.

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  11. I give you the award for most creative and numerous hand related references. Amazing taking into account the brevity of the post!

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  12. This is really nice. So many hand references but never sounds forced. The poem has rhythm and is thought provoking.

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  13. Short but very profound. Excellent job. The meaning comes with a little thinking. That is the best writing. I think.
    QMM

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  14. Really nice play on the words. I thought of doing similar, was beyond me!

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  15. wonderful play on the hand and wood--perfecto!

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  16. Sounds so much like a prayer, very restive and beautifully written.

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  17. Another menacing hand! The horror genre certainly lays claim to yet another creepy hand magpie, and I am glad! Yes! Glad I say! I do so love the tingle! Hopefully not third on the match or Freddy who also got fingered! Excellent piece!

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  18. drop the cross you bear...

    love that portion...that time when indeed our crosses can be dropped. i believe we all read and see what our hearts wish to...i find this piece work of release. :)

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