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Monday, February 28, 2011

Life Zested

photo prompt for Magpie 55

Systematic pots of the working man,
Owed lime built up from aging deposits,
Coffee clutch remnants of promises ran,
Words, scarred by tines of time, he exposits.

Hope sliced, placed to top off wounded accounts,
Holes bored into thin skins, doctored not cured,
Coverages bruised, marred numbers she counts,
Scattered pulp, brined medications insured.

Disabled hearts, hold benefits bled dry,
Squeezed tartly, fleshy insight composites,
Juiced, salted aides cubed and swirled, left to try,
Cleansing pots, legislative reposits.

Life zested, social insecurities,
Distraught wedge serves future obscurities.

Petrina Lesko
February 2011

Thank you Tess for a profoundly timed prompt, inspiring this poem.  This picture prompt was offered by her over at Magpie Tales where she posts weekly photos to inspire poets and writers to continue to hone their craft.  Please check out the link for other takes on this wonderful prompt.


spacedlaw said...

Wonderful and full of pain.

Brigid said...

Insightful piece, I like the phrase 'life zested'.

120 Socks said...

Oh I really liked this, a fantastic poem and take on the prompt. Thanks for sharing it.

Chrissy said...

I see a bit of a political pain here...very intriguing write and read!

Lyn said...

Social insecurities, indeed..you really did a fabulous job!

Leslie said...

i like the line "Holes bored into thin skins, doctored not cured,"

i'm always amazed at the variety of imaginative takes on a single prompt. yours certainly addresses some of the "sourness" in this beautiful, yet imperfect, world.

and thanks so much for your lovely comment on my post : )

Tess Kincaid said...

"Social insecurities" is so right. Powerful piece.

Tumblewords: said...

Wise and powerful - love the way you used the image to produce this fine piece!

Kim Nelson said...

SO SAD, moving!
My take is so different:

LKHarris-Kolp said...

Lovely blog... glad I stopped by via Magpie!


signed...bkm said...

I feel the politic pain too...it seems to there at every turn....bkm

Doctor FTSE said...

A profoundly timed poem, given the UK Prime Minister's call for a "Big Society"

JamieDedes said...

Both painful and timely. Well done.

Promising Poets Parking Lot said...

well done,

Lolamouse said...

This was inspired. Shows a lot of thought and a lot of frustration. Well done!

girl dreaming said...

what breaks the heart you have shared incredibly gently and clearly, beautiful poetry!

Kavita said...

Whooaa! Sad, painful and so sooo deep!
"doctored not cured," -- that said it all!!
Our society obligations take a lot from us... (sigh)
Very masterfully written, Petrina! A really intense take on the magpie prompt!

Bee's Blog said...

This is awesome. 'Hope sliced' flew out at me.

Southwest Arkie said...

Strong piece- "doctored not cured" love it!

Lena said...

A fabulous piece, etched with worldly pain. Bravo!

ds said...

Words scarred by tines of time...life zested...oh, this is wonderful, all too true and so very timely. Thank you.

Karen S said...

"life zested" -- I love that. I really like all the kitchen metaphors. Nicely done.

Jingle Poetry said...

love it, your words paint a magical imagery there.