Monday, March 21, 2011

My last tassel


My last tassel

That was my tail, the grey and the brown
Curves and waves and swings
I loved the feel of it on my rump,
Swings and curves and waves
It shooed flies and flicked
Waves and curves and swings
Fit for a king’s crest, a herald, a judge’s crown
Now curled and waved and swung


33 comments:

Old Ollie said...

A sad lose, but it still looks beautiful.

anthonynorth said...

Clever words. Nice one.

Kathe W. said...

very clever take on the photo- nicely done!

honeyhaiku said...

Interesting take, glad that you share it! Thank you!

Brigid said...

Clever take on the prompt, bittersweet.

Nanka said...

Beautiful interpretation, very unique tail in this tale!!

Bee's Blog said...

Love this piece. Yes, certainly an extremely clever take on the photograph

Rob Kistner said...

We all give ourselves to something -- nice verse...

rob kistner
Image & Verse

Martin H. said...

Nice tail tale.

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Tess Kincaid said...

Oh, this is perfect. Very perceptive, you. It is a horse hair tassel. My husband brought this shield back from Kazakhstan.

Laurie Kolp said...

Clever... I love the repitition and changing of "Curves and waves and swings"...

Marilyn said...

It's so good that someone thought of the poor horse. I like it!

Reflections said...

Lovely take on the prompt, kind of a tribute to the poor horse.

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent response to the prompt -

Carrie Burtt said...

Love the beautiful tail in you tale! :-)

Rinkly Rimes said...

A sad tale (sorry...tail.)

DebbyMc said...

Poor horse...I love this! The tail is what caught my eye in this prompt, too.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Very interesting take. Bravo!

Anna :o]

Penal-Colony said...

Isabel,

You have a great ear: the 3-times repetition in an 8-line poem is a very brave thing to attempt, but you manage to pull it off to lilting perfection. I love the wry [or is it coy?] tone of the poem, clearly it evidences a poet in command: there's the nod to the reader and the wink of the poet who has a few tricks up her sleeve. [Heaney said that in 'Music into Words', and I don't quote the H-Man too often]. A lovely poetic coup.

John

Lyn said...

Clever and original..quite a tail!

lightverse said...

How sad! But you wrote it so well - and what an imagination!

Jinksy said...

I can see the war horse...

Helen said...

What a neat twist on the photo!!

120 Socks said...

A brill tale of a tail!

R. Burnett Baker said...

A very fun tail...tale!

versebender said...

This was a bittersweet read....of course, that is the art of it. Once a living thing now a symbol. About all that can be expected I suppose. Very, very good. Vb

Kristen Haskell said...

It is lyrical and it conveys so much of what is preserved and treasured.

Jim Swindle said...

It's a clever perspective. I also like the almost-repetition.

Southwest Arkie said...

Interesting switch-around- very clever!

Isabel Doyle said...

Thank you to all the kind comments on the poor tassel. I was also alluding to the pathos of Robert Browning.

And John, to be mentioned in the same sentence as Heaney is an honour I can't quite grasp.

Donna B said...

Very clever in deed...a proud magpie.

Lolamouse said...

Very clever use of words and of the image! Sort of sad too.

Asobime said...

Wonderful, Isabel! What a treat you are....your poetry, and your general writing.

I'm coming back. You are refreshing!

Lady Nyo