Sunday, April 22, 2012

Adolescence

image by Alex Stoddard


















From goldfish to Golden Boy
from tanked to incubated
survival in the wilderness
of testosterone
invading his ever-growing body
taller than pines
erected in a lustful mind
calling him to venture out
satisfy a growing urge
he'd rather keep a secret.

@laurie kolp

Picture inspiration- The Mag, 114

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Laurie, this is one of your best ever! I'm thrilled with how this turned out; what a perfect interpretation. Bravo.

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Paige + Shauna said...

yes laurie you have captured adolscent agnst, esp. for boys
who often feel more misunderstood than girls.

DCW said...

Excellent. I think you seized it, although I admit that time for me was very long ago.

Margaret said...

very nice! whether it is female or male... hormones, estrogen, testosterone.. whatever, they change everything (and the young aren't the only ones who "suffer :)

zongrik said...

now this is a total hyperbole for the expression "immersed in testosterone" wow, i never saw it that way. very cool

altered states

zongrik said...

now this is a total hyperbole for the expression "immersed in testosterone" wow, i never saw it that way. very cool

altered states

Brian Miller said...

this is really good laurie...it captures well the confusing feelings of puberty in men..and margaret is right as we all go through this on some level...

ccchampagne.com said...

You saw something in this that I wouldn't have caught in a million years and then you turned it into a piece of poetic gold! Very nice and captivating!

PSC said...

A powerful piece Laurie -- beautifully penned!

jen revved said...

Very evocative and innovative imagery-- oh, the forest of puberty. xj

Daydreamertoo said...

Excellent interpretation of the pic Laurie. Most excellent indeed!

Berowne said...

Wonderful what you were able to read into it...

Linda said...

I enjoyed your interpretation of the prompt, Laurie. The phrases you have spun together here, clearly define the psyche of a teenage boy. I'm happy you were willing to share these secrets. Thanks. =D

Eva Gallant said...

Excellent word choices.

Brandee Shafer said...

I've got a 12yo son and bought every word. Rock on.

Little Nell said...

Goldfish to golden boy and tanked to incubated - lets us know the way this poem is going right from the start. Well observed.

Kutamun said...

I felt there was a strong sexual element to this as well , though i could not put it so eloquently. The goat god indeed haunts the wild and lonely places !

Kat Mortensen said...

Stellar. Every word.

Kathe W. said...

tortured teenager captured perfectly

teri said...

I am overcome with the feeling of the dawn of understanding and the loss of innocence. This piece invited me to see teenage male bravado, as a cover up for the loss of control over their bodies reactions. For me this is strong but disconcerting.

sheila said...

hoping it's the natural process of maturation but sounds a bit foreboding to me.

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderfully well posed. I don't remember ever hearing that growing up would be 'easy'. :)

Dave King said...

Oh, this is wonderful. Plunders the fantasy.

Helen said...

I've read most of the poems more than once ... yours stands out!!!!

Tess Kincaid said...

I like this...tadpole to frog...

Jinksy said...

A right of passage, methinks...

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

well done... :-)

JJRod'z

S.E.Ingraham said...

This rings very true; in so few words you have captured the essence of maturation and all the confusion of being dipped in testosterone ... nicely done and a wonderful use of an enigmatic piece of artwork, in my view

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