Monday, January 16, 2012

The Word Nymph Talks on Water


Magpie Tales is one of the best writing memes around, and the prompt is always a thought and emotion-provoking picture. I've only participated a couple of times, but I think you will agree that the regulars over there are a pretty talented bunch!


The Word Nymph Talks on Water
©2012 Susan Noyes Anderson

Even turned to stone,
I can't stop talking.
Water-logged (and -lunged),
I burble on, blow
bubbles with my words
and watch them rising...
till every bit of heat
and hope is gone.

When I run out of air,
I bide my time.
But groups of letters still
clique in my brain.
They gather there,
await the resurrection...
ensure this drowning, too,
shall be in vain.


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"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

28 comments:

Anna M said...

you are such a talented writer. thanks for sharing

Brian Miller said...

i am going to refrain from commenting on the unable to stop talking even submerged...not in reference to you of course, but...haha...

Eva Gallant said...

That Brian! Isn't he a devil! lol

Sue said...

Indeed he is.

;)

anitamombanita said...

that was cool!

Kat Mortensen said...

"every bit of heat and hope is gone"

Very powerful.

Is that Enya I'm hearing?

Sue said...

@Kat-

Yep, it's Enya! (The siren who can hypnotize you in a few measures makes for perfect drowning music, right?)

;)

Daydreamertoo said...

LOL I was going to say when she couldn't stop talking even under water, I bet some bright spark says: Typical of a woman...Brian didn't let us down... LOLOL

Laurie Kolp said...

Lovely and original take on the magpie picture! Now I'll think of talking under water every time I see it.

Wander said...

I fricken loved this...I could run with this one, also I could see college students a hundred years from now disecting this and forming thesis and argueing about who's vision of your poem was right.

yaya said...

My hubby would say I would still be talking under water! I didn't get a chatty kathy doll when I was 5 for nothing! I love Enya...Jack calls her onion..oh well.

Leovi said...

Interesting and beautiful poem that you've created this delightful image.

Nezzy said...

Oh Miss Sue, you are one amazin' writer. This was great!

God bless ya and have a fantastic day!!! :o)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Your opening line is great and then your closer....equally so. A very moving poem.

This prompt was great. I know I couldn't resist it. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll have to participate in Magpie again. Such a great bunch of writers.

manicddaily said...

This is wonderful. You describe that feeling of never coming up for air so perfectly. I love the cliques of words. K.

LeAnn said...

Thank you for a very thought provoking poem and thoughts. Love the quote!
You are such a talented writer and I always enjoy your posts.

Linda said...

I enjoyed reading your poem. Interesting thinking.... words literally becoming a life force, keeping you alive. Writers feel like that, but few writers are able to express such a thought so succinctly.
Thank you for sharing.

ayala said...

A wonderful write!

kaykuala said...

Talking under water can be interesting to gauge. Metaphor-wise it means the person can overcome any obstacles and continue speaking. To me it's pretty challenging. Great verse Sue!

Hank

Claudia said...

smiles...sounds like you're talking about my son..nah seriously...enjoyed this much..the blowing bubbles and let them rise...wish we could talk like this on land..

Susie Clevenger said...

My mother used to I talked so much I would eve talk to a fence post..so I imagine this could be me..lol Nice work!

junkthief said...

Our world is a little bit better thanks to Tess for pushing us a bit with prompts like this. A lovely take on her image, a bit dark but darkness reminds us of the importance of light.

Grandma Honey said...

Whoa....
that was good!

Isabel Doyle said...

Poems under water too. Lovely response to the prompt Sue.

mylittlewordz said...

Nice take on the prompt. I expect a few husbands around the internet are nodding their heads sagely after reading this.

Jamie

Caroline said...

You are so talented, Sue! I loved this one!

susan m hinckley said...

Don't know you, but wish I did -- I loved this! Autobiographical, perhaps?

Helena said...

Simply wonderful! I'm looking forward to more from you as a Magpie!

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