Sunday, September 29, 2013

But for One Branch, Bending (Poem)


Photo Credit: © 2010 Mark Haley
Courtesy of Tess Kincaid, Magpie Tales

But for One Branch, Bending

A feather-dusted sky kicks up a storm
warning. Clouds jitter above this path

we've cleared, one stone laid down
for each foot forward, two if we dared

to look back. The way we've come
we still go, and ahead is that wall too

high to climb but for one branch, bending.

© 2013 Maureen E. Doallas
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This poem is my response to today's photo prompt at Magpie Tales, the Mark Haley image above. Go here to read others' contributions or to drop a link to your own poem or flash-fiction post. My thanks both to Tess Kincaid and Mark Haley.

14 comments:

Laurie Kolp said...

Gorgeous, Maureen... love feather-dusted sky.

Berowne said...

Beautiful reponse to the prompt...

Jinksy said...

That's poetry! :) Thank you...

brenda w said...

Lush and lovely...from a feather dusted sky to one branch, bending. This is a beautiful response to the photo.

Kathe W. said...

Thanks for the lovely poem.

Tess Kincaid said...

Lovely...I like feather-dusted sky, too...

Ruth said...

Yes. Mysterious, that one branch, and those two steps back if we dare.

Peggy Rosenthal said...

Marvelous use of line-breaks to multiply the end-words' meanings. This is how (or one way how) poetry can "say more" than prose.

nance said...

wearing the path

Kristen Haskell said...

There is always a branch bending - you just have to look for it.

Ginny Brannan said...

"...but for one branch bending."
Love your choice of imagery and metaphor in this piece. Perfect.

~T~ said...

Beautiful. Help comes when we persevere.

Sue said...

Such economy of words, which really fit with your subject matter.

=)

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Beautiful words.
Anna :o]