Monday, August 9, 2010

Mid-Summer on the (Magic) Poetry Bus

Driving TFE's Poetry Bus this week is birthday girl Jeanne Iris, author of Revolutionary Revelry blog. Jeanne gave three "Mid-Summer Magic" prompts for us to choose from. I selected Option #1, which was the photo below and this question:  What magic do you see in this photo?


She of once and never and stone
knelt then and ever on a lonely spot
of nothing wild and nothing mild,
a nothing patch in a nowhere place -

dreamed of color, touch, and grace -
when upon the space came a child
whose hand was warm and aura hot,
who found no life and shared her own.


I just have to include this!



Don't Feed The Pixies said...

The Who are a really odd group. I mean yes, Magic Bus is a great track, as is Won't Get Fooled Again and My Generation (i'll even allow you "Who Are You" as a good one)

But my memory of the 70s is lots of "mods" - ie teenagers in long coats riding Vespa motorbikes with The Who written on the back - this memory is rather tainted by the really, and i mean really, odd lyrics to "substitute" and the voyage to Trip-out City that is the film "Tommy" - exactly how "hard" (ie tough) were those guys on their vespas looking back at those lyrics???

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

can i add to the previous comment though

Totally Bloody Awesome poem - i particularly loved the final stanza:
dreamed of color, touch, and grace -
when upon the space came a child
whose hand was warm and aura hot,
who found no life and shared her own.

La Belette Rouge said...

Really lovely. I especially enjoyed your illuminating the magic of the *life* of the child, the warmth of her touch. Beautiful.

The Bug said...

Oh I love this! ..."who found no life and shared her own..." It's magic!

M Riyadh Sharif said...

Mysterious indeed.

Btw Aunt, You are tagged in my post

Check it out!

Argent said...

Another compact gem! I really liked the rhythm in this one.

Lydia said...

DFTP~ Thank you for your comments about the poem. :) The Who were strange, but I liked the songs you mentioned and loved Magic Bus because it reminded me of the miserable school bus I hated riding.
Your memories of Vespa dudes in long coats is rather fascinating! Not to say that crowd didn't exist in the States, but they sure weren't in Reno!

La Belette Rouge~ Thank you. After I posted it I realized I very much described the little neighbor girl who came into my life right after the death of my mother. I honestly did not see that while I worked on the poem!

The Bug~ Delighted you would love that. I'm late this evening in reading others, but will be sure to stop at your blog. :)

Argent~ Aw, thanks.
I wonder how many people are like me and actually have to think of the spelling of "rhythm" as they write it.....for me it's possibly the trickiest word in the English language!

Lydia said...

Riyadh~ I thought your comment didn't post, but there it is! Thanks for the award and tag and for your special comments.

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

hoping you'll be able to follow the link, but if not do a image search for: the who quadrophenia

This is the sort of thing that was popular in the uk in the 70s

Lydia said...

DFTP~ I never saw anyone dressed like that.....again, the different interpretations from those days is really fascinating to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to find that for me. :)

Erratic Thoughts said...

Ohh Lovely!
As I was reading this, I tapped my foot to a rhythm unknown...that was the effect!:)
"who found no life and shared her own" ia beautiful line Lydia...
One of the best descriptions on this prompt!

Jeanne Iris said...

A beautiful description of the human interaction seen through this photo. I love it! "Magic Bus" indeed! : )

Roxana said...

oh this is so lovely and touching - especially the last line fills me with longing and unspeakable tenderness...

Lydia said...

Erratic Thoughts~ You are so kind with your comments. Really made my day; thank you. :)

Jeanne Iris~ Thank you so much for your comments and for the great prompts this week. :)

Roxana~ Thank you for your special comments. The last line just wouldn't come after the rest was written, so I had to let it be overnight. I'm glad you liked it. :)



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