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Tuesday 10 January 2012


The streets seem in indecent haste
cannot wait to rush together
somewhere just above our thoughts
where all lines of perspective meet.
There buildings will collide as one.
A single point.        A sonic boom.

Illustrious men will turn to stone
who never left a stone unturned
and strong men will still stand alone.
Yule Brynner gazing from his throne
finds enchantment in a bird.
The King and I now seems absurd.
Commands his subjects. Make him fly.
Fly bird and he to some high nest
lay the musical to rest
above the clash of steel and glass
above the clash of skin and class
above the narrowing of space
space to breathe and space for grace
where concrete bleeds and flesh is stone
and every babe is fully grown
all men are born of every race
and nature is man's interface.


Written for The Magpie Tales picture prompt.


Cloudia said...

The richness of your learning,
talent, and experience,
with elegance,

Aloha from Waikiki
Comfort Spiral

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Cloudia said...

In other words:

Thank You, Dave"

anthonynorth said...

This is so deep - and beautifully done.

kaykuala said...

It's a rendering of emotions of a man who stands above many.


Rohit_blogger at http://floating-expressions.blogspot.in/ said...

Fabulous ending..the clash was really catchy!!So deep comprehension,just as I expected but I'm getting used to it now.The magpie prompt beautifully captured!

Everyday Goddess said...

So rich and I love how you pull it all together!

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid I may have lost my comment. What I said was that this was really too good a poem to focus on Yule Brenner. You may want to revise at some point to move a little further from the prompt. (Not that it doesn't work for the prompt, which, of course, it does.) K.

Rachna Chhabria said...

"Illustrious men will turn to stone
who never left a stone unturned
and strong men will still stand alone."

Love the poem, especially the above phrase.

ds said...

Gorgeous. Your theme, being universal, absolutely transcends the photo and makes it (to me) more interesting. Thank you.

Carl said...

Rich and deep. A wonderful poem.

Brian Miller said...

nice dave...fantastic poem...and def with its depth...love the birds flight or call to fly in that second stanza...

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

Powerful and solemn, it reminds me of Marlowe.

The climax is reached in “above the clash of steel and glass
above the clash of skin and class”.

Ygraine said...

I found Universal Soul in your words here.
'Everyone is Everybody Else' came to mind, a state of being where all knowledge is perceived by everyone.
I'm probably not making a great deal of sense here, so I'll just say I truly love this, and have read it ten times so far....

Windsmoke. said...

My two favourite movies starring Yule Brynner are The Magnificent Seven & The King and I, this is a fine poem for a fine actor :-).

Friko said...

Amazing what this prompt has brought forth.
A cityscape image is powerful and you have produced a powerful reply.

haricot said...

Nature usualy has overpower men, while in your poem love and power of the King is absolute, and it beautifuly convinces me.

Lyn said...

So full of energy, yet has an undertone that brings it balance..and a "sonic boom"!!

Intelliblog said...

I love the spiralling meanings and shifts in perspective in this piece, Dave. Somehow seems to complement the rising perspective of the image. Well done!

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

love the way it was said... beautiful...


MianTariq said...

It's a beautiful write up DAVE.
Deep thoughts giving a lot of message.
Thank you.

Dave King said...

Wow, I'm more than a little non-plussed. Thank YOU!

Thank you.

Great cmment. Thanks.

Much appreciate this comment. My thanks to you - and the Magpie prompt.

Everyday Goddess
Welcome and many thanks for the compliment.

Take the point. It should work without the prompt. I agree. Thanks.

Thanks for the useful feedback.

Wow! I couldn't ask for much more than that, could I? Thanks greatly.

Great response. Thank you so much.

As always, a useful comment. Thanks.

I could certainly settle for Marlowe. Thanks for saying so!

Yes, you made perfect sense. It's an interesting observation. Universal soul is not a concept I have studied, but I've met it and could be happy with it. Thanks a lot.

A fine actor indeed.

I do find that visual prompts open up a lot of possibilities. Some that initially seem the least promising hide the most possibilities.

Thank you. Much appreciate your reply.

Hi, and welcome to the blog. Your visit and your comment are much appreciated.

Nicholas V
Thank you for this. It's pretty much what I set out to do, so good to know.

Welcome, thanks for your visit and for the comment.

Really appreciate your words. Thank you.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Truly wonderful words Dave - as always.

Anna :o]

Tess Kincaid said...

Excellent write..I especially like "Illustrious men will turn to stone
who never left a stone unturned..."...

Helen said...

Every line delicious ... especially the last!