Sunday August 12, 2012 Sunday Whirl

Sunday Whirl

Mantala

Along the wall

In shadowed alcove

Past and present meet

Memories flood in

Maps are drawn

Dreams dwindle

Images spin

Invisible becomes visible

Thoughts ricochet

Slowly coming into focus

No longer the curvaceous

Girl you were

An old woman now

With narrow shoulders

Dressed in blue velvet

You hum to yourself

As you draw the lace across your face

The warped fabric of your life

Still strong on the loom

Note:  I saw a woman in Santa Fe, faded beauty.  She had only one eye, and had smudged mascara on the closed eyelid…dressed in blue velvet.  She found her way through the crowd to the old spanish plaza, and sat on the first empty park bench and opened her lunch.  Her image went deep into my soul, and I have been trying to find the way to write about her.   She was like an old moth, drawn to the light and life of the plaza.
Annell Livingston

13 thoughts on “Sunday August 12, 2012 Sunday Whirl

  1. Some lovely imagery all through this. Sad, but very lovely. Humming to herself is something we do almost so absentmindedly. ‘The warped fabric of your life still strong on the loom.’ Beautiful.

  2. My favorite stanza. Absolutely spectacular!
    “An old woman now
    With narrow shoulders
    Dressed in blue velvet
    You hum to yourself
    As you draw the lace across your face
    The warped fabric of your life
    Still strong on the loom”

  3. I enjoyed the listing effect of your opening lines, and felt a real whammy when I reached the crux:
    No longer the curvaceous
    Girl you were
    An old woman now…

    (There’s a little typo in curvaceous)

  4. When I read about your ‘woman’ I think of my MIL, almost ninety – perhaps almost blind in one eye as well, oxygen tank oft on her back (in a pack) – yet still living independently (though in a retirement community). While she only paints her face now with lipstick (the same color forever and a few years…) I can see courage and fortitude in both of these women. Wonderfully wordled.

    I’m here:
    http://julesgemsandstuff.blogspot.com/2012/08/sw-69-acheron-9-for-both-b.html

  5. What a wonderful woman to capture..such a strong presence..it is funny how we only see people at that stage in their life..like it is the only one..some people don’t fit the age they are in..like you can still see their child face..i like how the imperfections seem to give strength..maybe lace is like that..full of holes..but strong and resistant..jae

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