I’m going to work back through Jilly’s prompts drawn from lines of Jim Harrison’s poetry. I’m not a fan (yet) but the lines work as a springboard.
Today’s, a ditty more than anything more profound, is inspired by the quote:
“Words are moving water, muddy, clear, or both” ~ Jim Harrison
Clinging to the river bank with broken fingernails,
Vacuous words of false regret float from the bridge above.
You tell me it will be all right, as you watch the swallows leave,
And I know you’re going with them, as you ravel up your love.
I watch the river rolling on its busy bustling way,
As it carries ships and feathers to a new life on the blue.
I climb back up the muddy bank, watch sun peep through the clouds,
Water dripping, draggle-haired in a strange world without you.
15 thoughts on “Leaky but not broken”
Aw! Beautiful and in keeping with the prompt. You do excellent work, Jane!
Thanks Charley 🙂 Everything I write today feels like a boat on a river.
Better than a train and tunnel. Or a chunnel. funnel? No more rhyming! 🙂
I’m so glad you use these lines as springboards. You have combined imagery and metaphor here with engaging lines like the broken fingernails and the swallows leaving. Good stuff! And I doubt Harrison would have been offended by your not being a fan (yet) – he was a tough bird; one-eyed, smoking, drinking, carousing gormound. 😉
Thanks Jilly 🙂 I don’t suppose he’d give a tinker’s either!
Reblogged this on Die Erste Eslarner Zeitung – Aus und über Eslarn, sowie die bayerisch-tschechische Region!.
Thanks for reblogging…again 🙂
Always with a great pleasure! Have a great and blessed week ahead. 😉 Michael
You too, Michael 🙂
Well written Jane. It brings me back to a lonely childhood and bad memories, but sunny days where growth happens by itself. love yer stuff 🙂
Thanks Wally 🙂 So many emotions seem directly or indirectly related to childhood. Even when it was happy, the memories are usually bittersweet.
Nice!! really enjoyed this one