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Monday, June 20, 2011

A Price was Paid


photo by Tess Kincaid
offered as Mag 70


















For through the years, she held so much in grace...
Beyond the moments of her stolen times,
Staring stoically through us, another place,
Secrets hinted at deep within like rhymes.

Always looking beyond the doorway step,
Longing to see him coming round the bend,
Quiet stolen memories laid as she wept,
Letters postmarked from places he would send.

A pose struck, like stone afore the dim light,
Yet, as her heart poured out, darkness was laid,
Left alone in the world, she passed on that night,
For through the years grace, but a price was paid.

Left a longing heart as her will would be,
No others welcomed in her life she stayed,
But there in her day, no one else could she see,
For through the years grace, but a price was paid.


Petrina Lesko
June 2011


An interesting photo shared this week for the Magpie Tales prompt.  The sale price struck a real chord of those who leave this world with no one to cherish the memories.  While yet others, forget to take the time to capture photos of the memories, always engraved yet still in our hearts.

36 comments:

Ginny said...

What a lovely poem to go with the photo. I also find it sad when such images are up for sale, with no family to claim them. Perfect words to spin this story.

Lyn said...

A beautiful true heart..you expressed the longing and the loss so well...

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

I hear sounds of longing in your poem. Very good. Amazing to go to estate sales or flea markets and find so many portraits unknown to anyone. Like unknown soldiers. -- barbara

Grammy said...

Yes, the price did strike a cord in our thoughts. Thanks for the visit. Have a wonderful week.
E :)

izzy said...

I especially like the second verse!
the prices we pay, oh my- thanks.

Victoria said...

Nicely written, poignant quatrain, Petrina. Everyone has a history and so much remains unknown to others. BTW--I think I already told you this but I love your dogs.

Brigid said...

Such a poignant poem, she does look sad and lonely.

RNSANE said...

A sad song! Was there no one who wanted this photo of a long ago damsel?

Sioux said...

"...staring stoically through us..." A phrase that is full-to-the-brim with meaning.

Kay L. Davies said...

A heartfelt tribute to those who left no one to remember. Beautifully done.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

thingy said...

Another heartbreaker. The photo is evoking so much sadness. I think it could be that sorrowful price.

DebbyMc said...

She paid a price for her steadfastness. "Secrets hinted at deep within ..." Beautiful, and what always intrigues me about these photos. Lovely, lovely poem. Thanks for the comment on my post.

Old Raven said...

Hm ... I just left a comment but I do not see either the comment or a note for "awaiting approval." But loved the poem.

bsain said...

I love where the picture prompt took you -- very nice!

manicddaily said...

Beautiful rhyming sequence; really conveys sense of loss. Thanks.

Tumblewords: said...

How beautiful. Well crafted poem with vivid imagery. I love it.

WINDOWLAD said...

..oh, sad pondering's here... your words volumes a thousand colours to my ears... the prompt this week's quiet sad... thanks for the adorable read.(:

Brightest blessings.

~Kelvin

Lyn said...

So deely felt..who could not align themselves with her? That photo really led you to a brilliant poem...

Margaret said...

hmmm. Someday all our images will be out there trying to find a home. The ones my grandmother left behind, so many are not dated nor marked with names... But the images are wonderful, none-the-less.

Kathe W. said...

lovely poignant poem.

Isabel Doyle said...

a wonderful response to the prompt that touched so many

Ann Grenier said...

A lovely poem for the prompt. We all seem to have taken her to our hearts in one way or another. Great rhyme scheme, Petrina.

Helen said...

You painted a vivid image with words ~~ of a beautiful, lonely woman.

Laurie Kolp said...

I really like your form and repition... your poem is like a tragic love story.

ayala said...

Sad and beautiful.

Eclipse said...

A heartbreaking poem, going along the pic so well...an excellent take

Lucy Westenra said...

What a change . . to read a structured, rhymed, metrical poem amidst all the rambling hastily stuck together "free verse." Well , the free something. Thank you.

Tess Kincaid said...

Yes, a price was paid. Love this.

mindlovemisery said...

Oh this is beautiful I loved deep emotion, you could definitely tell the picture affected you deeply. Truly it was a very affecting image, hard to tear your eyes away from really.

Anna said...

What a sad, beautiful poem. Wonderful response to the prompt!

Donna B said...

wonderfully sad and beautifully written...

Steve Isaak said...

Solid rhyme work.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

This is so beautiful - bravo!

Anna :o]

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

So well written...gives one pause to think. Beautiful.

signed...bkm said...

Just beautiful the whole write, sad but so very beautiful....I am glad I stopped in to read this wonderful piece of poetry...bkm

JamieDedes said...

A lovely poem and well written... and certainly a lot of truth in the summary paragraph. Nice post, Anna.