Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Plagiarized Beauty...

You shelter me like that novella
your mother does not want you reading;
surreptitiously concealed within a palliasse'
resting in a shed behind the granary...

She leaves you with your lesson on sin.  Heading
for her own redemptive leaching....the dusty road
filters towards my clothesline, the signal
a reading of palms and tarot is due.

Wiping my brow on an apron of wanting ....
I gather into it my lesson plan and a jar
of cool water -
knowing full well not all words
are created equal, but given time,
and proper instruction
something beautiful
can be plagiarized from all...

bkmackenzie
copyrighted 2010

posted for Poetry Pantry, Poets United
and Potluck Monday, Jingle Poetry

36 comments:

  1. This is brilliant.

    "the dusty road
    filters towards my clothesline, the signal
    a reading of palms and tarot is due."

    Oh yeah.

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  2. So... now it's okay for me to stael your words? But seriously.. the way you string them all together is lovely and inspiring and make a place I love to come and wander...

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  3. Interesting poem here, liked the images such as 'Wiping my brow on an apron of wanting'. Might want to change typo in title though.

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  4. I think this is among the best poems, all round, that I have read in a long time. Love the images and the little mysteries - just enough said to make me delve into my own self for clues...

    One line practically sums up my childhood and youth (who knew it could be captured so neatly?):

    She leaves you with your lesson on sin.

    And the final stanza - oh well, the whole thing... just amazing. Thank you!

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  5. thank you Gordon, for pointing it out...my whole life needs spell check...blessings...bkm

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  6. for one i hope no one stole your words...
    and i think most can be shaped into something...
    hope your cards fall well...smiles.

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  7. Amazing. Love the images, the tone, the whole shebang. You rocked another one, bkm.

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  8. Lovely one bkm and the last stanza is brilliant i agree :)

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  9. I love the opening lines. Beautifully done.

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  10. What a compelling post with many great lines. And agree, not all words are created equal.

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  11. I love this one Bkm! Truly brilliant indeed! :-)

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  12. Your writings amaze me more and more as I go... Unique-bkmackenzie!

    ;)

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  13. No one could plagiarize this beauty! Love the difference between the first two stanzas and the last (dry/wet; redemptive leaching vs. jar of cool water)...

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  14. Dug the poem as a whole, but my favorite image is absolutely

    "given time,
    and proper instruction
    something beautiful
    can be plagiarized from all..."

    There is a depth to the poem that allows for multiple readings/interpretations while maintaining the interior continuity to keep the descriptive nature of the poem to continually flow. Loved it.

    crb.

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  15. I recall reading Forever Amber... nothing my mother would have liked, LOL. I was 12 or 13 at the time. Your poem brings back memories!

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  16. Nicely composed. Lots to think about here. I agree all words are not created equal, or maybe they are...but it depends on how they are used!

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  17. love it,
    it hits home for me.
    reminding me some life experiences or observations when I was young.

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  18. Thanks for linking up with poetry potluck!
    have fun!

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  19. Missed this poem when I was reading through your site the other day. Awesome that you linked it through Poetry Potluck. The way you develop the tempo of the poem really works well with your subject matter. Always enjoy reading your poetry, thanks for posting!

    crb.

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  20. This is fascinating! I love your imagery.

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  21. My favorite is "wiping my brow on an apron of wanting"........the mood of the poem is strongly felt - well done!

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  22. Lovely stuff. Much enjoyed

    Warmest Salad

    Luke

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  23. ...not all words were created equal...That is an inspired line and begs a pair of quotation marks! Passionately written.

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  24. I am amazed :)~ Happy Poetry Potluck!=D~~~

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  25. Incredible poetry, bkm. I love the images. There is a forbidden quality to it all.
    Victoria

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  26. "knowing full well not all words
    are created equal, but given time,
    and proper instruction
    something beautiful
    can be plagiarized from all..."

    Just beautiful writing and I loved the 'feel' of this piece.

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  27. Just beautiful, the glimpse of a life, the wisdom-- nicely done!

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  28. I have enjoyed this. I do appreciate the end. We do borrow and build on what others have done. - bill

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  29. Beautifully crafted piece of work. Hard to pick out a favourite line, 'cause all of it is good.

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  30. Wiping my brow on an apron of wanting...

    WOW! What poignant longing - I loved this poem in full but this particular line tugs at the strings of my solemn heart.

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  31. bkm, this is a lovely piece. profound with a touch of mystery. truly beautiful... as always.

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  32. Reads well, almost like looking at a painting and describing the experience. My only question is whether the 'you' in the first stanza the same as the 'she' in the second stanza? I read through it several times, couldn't decide but loved the language of the poem so much it didn't matter. Thanks for posting, one of my favorites.

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