Sunday, February 3, 2013

Conundrum

Pic prompt courtesy of The Mag 154
Central Library, Manchester, U.K., by Robin Gosnall


*
Tangled
in her mind,
the angles
life defined- -
a jumping point,
illusory
imagery
where
Little Women
live inside,
her obsessive
nagging pride.
*


 

35 comments:

Kelvin S.M. said...

..are you pointing an old librarian here?? hmmn.. this is what initially comes to mind upon reading here... or maybe that's just how i picture a typical image of a librarian -- nagging... and yes, nagging... lol...

..smiles...

anthonynorth said...

Great words to describe a library. Nice one.

Gerry Snape said...

I love that little women live inside! I really enjoyed this pattern! thankyou

Berowne said...

Whimsically fanciful. Or possibly fancifully whimsical. :-)

Kathe W. said...

I really like the play of angles and tangles - I thought of Little Women also...and all the other childhood favorites

zongrik said...

little women live inside, and so do a lot of other books ;) i like the double entendre there


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Brian Miller said...

oo very cool...love the little women reference in this laurie...and the play off the angels in picture as well...who did your new header??? that is awesome

Hedgi said...

I'm going to be that nagging little woman, lol, I want to be a librarian. this is a great pome, good job.

McGuffy Ann said...

Great take on this prompt! I really like your thinking!
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Mama Zen said...

Tough ending! I like it very much.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

A succinct write, each word perfectly placed.

Green Speck said...

Little women ... now that's intriguing :-)

Karen S. said...

Less is more- and you aced this.

Dave King said...

Impressive. The Little Women reference takes first prize. Quite unintentionally, my eyes kept straying back whilst typing this for one more read.

Mary said...

I love what you have gleaned from the picture and found the mention of Little Women fascinating indeed.

Kim Nelson said...

Knowing the picture prompted the work, I looked back at it with each line and tried to imagine your thoughts, the process. fun to consider. The last two lines really change the tone.

Grandmother said...

Little Women and their circumscribed lives. Nice.

Abin Chakraborty said...

fascinating take on the picture.loved the reference to Little Women too.

Kerry O'Connor said...

You have offered a most original interpretation of the picture. I really like this as a stand alone poem too.

Susan said...

"Tangled
in her mind,
the angles
life defined"

Me too, and how well partnered with the reading I have ever done. I remember a line from an early Laurie Anderson song: "When my father died, it was like an entire library had burned down."

Mixi said...

This makes me imagine a lovely woman, wisps of hair falling on her face, a bit untidy with dust from overlooked shelves that only she knows about, with books that she alone reads, wandering the aisles of the library, dust sparkling in sunbeams coming from the windows, deep in thought, engrossed in her latest read.

With such an economical use of words, you have managed to conjure a vivid scene in my mind, down to the last particle of floating sand dancing in the sunshine :)

Helen said...

Your poem could launch a screenplay ... books coming to life when the lights dim, the doors are locked.

Marian said...

and Little Women is just the beginning!

my heart's love songs said...

"the angles
life defined-"

love that!

Lyn said...

This is so profound, where everything is inside..listed..very fine!

Tess Kincaid said...

Little Women...intriguing and enigmatic...

Paige Nicole said...

this poems to me reads like a valentine to emily d.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Laurie, love the new header. Is that the Jokerman font?

This poem spoke to me because I love libraries, and because my sisters are named Beth and Jo. You guessed it. We ARE the 'Little Women.'

You convey such meaning with an economy of words! I do love that about your writing. Peace, Amy
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Susie Clevenger said...

I love where you took the image with book references...great piece!

kaykuala said...

Little Women evoked numerous feel. Cool being tagged in with libraries. Nicely Laurie!

Hank

Misky said...

The new header is gorgeous. I read this poem twice. Once for content. The second time for sheer pleasure. I really love it.

Kutamun said...

What a grand ship she is

~T~ said...

The shelves are well-behaved, but the words can be chaotic. Nice!

Karen said...

Even without the photo, the poem stands. Love the Little Women allusion!

Jim said...

Laurie, I will admit to being being the "sow's ear" to this one, not having ever read the "Little Women."

I do know 'she' resides in most all libraries. 'She' is not on my shelves.
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