Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ghosts

The Revenant by Andrew Wyeth, 1949


The Revenant

They say there are no comebacks, but
amidst the sad detritus…what?
A man that’s barely there walks by;
a house with curtains shredded, torn,
the features simply too care-worn…
and hues?  They are in short supply.
Yet, once this place and person meant
a world that’s far from ‘revenant.’
I wish I knew the reasons why.

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Notes:  The form is Nove Otto.  The poem was inspired by the above Andrew Wyeth painting, as thoughtfully provided for by Magpie Tales, for the weekly prompt.


16 comments:

  1. Interesting piece... love the detailed questioning. Leaves one pondering further on what the artist must have seen.

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  2. Very interesting rhyme scheme, well handled and with meaning.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  3. Handled with your usual skill and aplomb.

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  4. Brandee sums it up for me: catchy and well done.

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  5. You caught the mystery behind the image alright...

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  6. Wonderful and very well written. Bravo!

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  7. Nice use of that form. I got a kick out of that opening line, but liked the thoughtful turn to "yet, once this ....far cry from revenant"
    nifty.

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  8. yes, when you see those barely there it does bring many a question to mind....i like this...

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  9. great write - love the use of form in this

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  10. Excellent questions - surely there's a lot to wonder about...

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  11. Interesting and very mysterious. Well done.

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  12. And death remains a mystery for us all...

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  13. beautifully observed and expressed
    a lovely poem

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  14. Always a mystery unknown... nice piece.

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