Friday, March 16, 2012

No Looking Back

Sketch by P. Kolp

A deserted street, warm wind blowing
dust into the breathless air
ancient buildings with chipped
paint and broken windows long
vacated, and I
walking in the alley’s
middle, take note 
of this once thriving
city; a barber shop, a used-book
store, post office, such and such
attorneys, school number
whatever; all signs of life now
forgotten, yet on the other
side a railroad track, a whistle
blows, I jump so high I almost fall
down a manhole, the conductor
waves, says the only way it
goes is out of here I
look ahead and hop on board.

@laurie kolp

Prompt inspiration: IGWRT’s A Word with Laurie- Perspective


Sherry Blue Sky said...

WOW! I LOVE it! "The only place it goes is out of here."

Kerry O'Connor said...

This says a lot to me about letting go of the past, or what is broken, and moving on.

Susie Clevenger said...

I see this as moving forward. You can either die with your ghosts or live with your future. Nice work!

btw..I posted two poems. The first one was wrong, but I had no way to remove it. This is the correct post for this challenge.

Steve E said...

"...we do not regret the past, nor wish to shut the door on it..."
--Alcoholics Anonymous, p 83-84

LOVE your perspective, both the words, and the sketch. Inspiring!

Mary said...

Often the best choice is to hop on board! Fine poem to your fine prompt.

Mary Mansfield said...

I share Kerry's sentiment on this, really says a lot about the importance of moving on. Loved it!

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, excellent, Laurie. I love that you brought the manhole into it. I couldn't think how to do that. And jumping on board to "out of here" is wonderful.

Margaret said...

Loved the line " such and such attorneys. What seems so important fades away - We must live and move foreward - let go of the past, embrace the future.

Brian Miller said...

ha, got an extra ticket, i will ump upon as the train as well so nice touch there...keep moving...

Daydreamertoo said...

It speaks of letting go, and moving ahead into a brighter future.
The imagery made for another lovely read from you.

Other Mary said...

Yup, sounds like it's time to 'get out of Dodge.' Thanks for the writing prompt too Laurie!

hedgewitch said...

Lots of levels this works on, the personal, and the public--so many towns and city sections are turning into nothing but train tunnels or concrete scrapbooks of a past no one wants to keep alive. Also, love the look of this blog, Laurie.That's a lovely banner by Sheila.

Herotomost said...

I so love the drawing...the little complexities of simple line drawing. Between your poem and the drawing I felt like I was watching a movie that makes me nostalgic for my childhood like Stand By Me. Wonderful writing and a great take on the challenge.

Hannah said...

This's great..I really like how you use attorney of such and such and whatever in negating the details of the persons behind this now vacant city. You captured it well in the opening of breathless dusty air, too. Much enjoyed, thank you!

So funny I just got your comment and your name was the next on the links list! See all connected! Smiles to you!

Marian said...

yeah, go, get outta there!

Anonymous said...

"the only way it
goes is out of here I
look ahead and hop on board."

might as well, eh? :) - I love your perspective piece

Peggy said...

I like this very much Laurie, especially the train leaving.I was somehow unaware that you were the one who is in charge of Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. I always enjoy your work and I plan to start regularly participating here at Real Toads. Thank you.