Sunday, December 18, 2011

No 'elp Now


image: Lee Friedlander, 1966


No ‘elp now


The hour has come, the clock has struck

Officials are gathered with clipboard and stop-watches

Photographers are near to record the event

For posterity, should posterity care.



He’s bleeding already, the noose has a shadow

The axeman’s hood and the firing squad’s hole:

All present, correct, in accordance with law

The grin is anomalous, soon to be shorn.




These grim lines are in response to a prompt from Tess at Magpie Tales.  An antidote to too much saccharine, perhaps.  More sweetness can be found here.
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23 comments:

anthonynorth said...

A powerful and edgy interpretation. Excellent.

Kathe W. said...

whoa- this one snuck up on me-a dark twist!

Laurie Kolp said...

I agree with Anthony and Kathe... and wonderfully vivid, too.

Margaret said...

For posterity, should posterity care.


...I can hear the drum roll and the silent, nervous tittering of the crowd... intense!

Jinksy said...

I can see how this deadly image struck you! LOL

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Grim.....and excellent! :)

Kim Nelson said...

Great take. I moved away from sweetness, too. Although opening stanza might deceive. Vivid scene you conjure here.

zongrik said...

amazing images

izzy said...

Absolutely NOT- any silly sweetness!

jane.healy said...

This response surprised me but I could immediately see how you reached it.

Well taken.

Berowne said...

Something different, really different, for this week...

Helen said...

Oooooo .. what a wonderfully vivid imagination you have, with writing skill to match!

Carolina Linthead said...

Edgy! *chuckles* enjoyed it very much :-)

Anonymous said...

I like "the noose has a shadow" and "All present, correct, in accordance with law / The grin is anomalous."

~Shawna
(rosemarymint.wordpress.com)

Brigid said...

An intriguing piece full of tension.

Brian Miller said...

whew...int eh shadow of the gallows and all the gawkers there to get their piece...even if just a picture...nice fresh look at this...

Lyn said...

I sure can do without sweetness here, now that you put it this way. And double brrrr!! Good, good...

Doctor FTSE said...

Wholly original interpretation. Well done.

rel said...

She'll remember; and well she should!
rel

kaykuala said...

Cold and frightening! A picture not too good to think about. Very effective verse!

Hank

ds said...

Mind blowing, Isabel. Thank you.

Máire T. Robinson said...

Ooh, chilling! Really enjoyed this.

susan m hinckley said...

The grin is anomalous -- perfect line for this image, I think. A truly creative take. Nice magpie!