Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Swing on Around


Photograph: George Eastman Collection 1908
Courtesy : Sepia Saturday
  



Days when the world seemed flat vanished,
Is it knowledge that made the world go round?
I would think it was the decay of the bones,
Now the body wrestles to budge, I find
My mind in a nostalgic loitering,
And in its lonesome walks I reach a past
Filled with an array of amazing sights.

The world is no longer round,
It is in fact, gracefully upside down!
Beside me are friends, quite a bunch,
I find my grips going tight, I wish to stay,
Is it the mind that ceased to grow?
Or is it the body that has greedily overgrown?
I feel tired looking back now.

Before I close my eyes, I want to do,
I want to lift these torrid years of existence,
Upside down, downside up,
Swing meticulously, cry out loud
In a happiness that gives no bounds,
Maybe I would grow too old for all these,
But my mind shall love the time!

Prompted by Sepia Saturday

16 comments:

  1. Childhood days are the best days of our life, no worries , only happiness.Very nicely captured.

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  2. I believe in childhood we did have problems, but just didn't have time to think about it. The world seemed too curious to spend time thinking! :)

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  3. Splendid. Swinging upside down is sheer happiness, as I remember. After reading this, I realize I've been upright for too long.

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    1. Thanks a lot Helen. Hope that realization changes things. :)

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  4. That's an interesting interpretation of the picture.

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  5. A picture that has inspired a great poem.

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  6. I particularly like your use of enjambment, which adds drama and timing to each stanza. Nicely done. BTW ~ I sent an email to Mary Kling regarding the blogroll at Poets United. Hope the problem is soon solved.

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    1. Thanks a lot Kim. Both for posting your valuable comments and for taking the time to solve that problem. Thank you. :)

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  7. Interesting poem for the photo.

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  8. I adore the poem you have written here for this prompt. I cannot swing upside down anymore! At this age my body does protest, but your words focus memories into this photo.

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    1. Thanks a lot. :) Glad you loved it. :)

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  9. Oh those were the days! Thank you for such a lovely poem, and the memories it brought to me.

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    1. Thank you for commenting on it. Really glad that you loved it, and it brings me joy to know that it helped you to bring back a lot of memories. :)

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