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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Master of the Street




Inspired by Wordle Words # 100! 
With congratulations and profound appreciation to Brenda Warren and the entire community who have opened doors to shared worlds 



Master of the Street *

Master of the Street” lounging loose against the wall, cigarette hanging from your moving lips - hands gesturing affairs of the world.
“Come!” – the train calls for you - “Hear!”- the insistent whistled beckoning across the ribboned stretch of places yet unseen.
“See!” the plainitive cries falling together melting into the crescented faint future fast-fading over the horizon.
Master of the Street” the world awaits – Touch! – the textured scents against your naked skin - Your die is not yet cast amid the cadre of the commonplace- 
There is still time - Come! – Taste the words! - the train calls for you – swing aboard and share the shouldered bump of comrades’ change - lest - 
all that remains is but a puff of evaporating steam – vanished -  as you lounge loose against a crumbling wall, cigarette hanging, imagining with - withering hands – a world that has always existed.

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* Published in Poets Quarterly - summer 2013


A special note: ......

Happy 100th anniversary to Brenda Warren it has been a pleasure "whirling" each Sunday wherever the handful of words led...  Thank you to all...




FOR BRENDA WARREN WITH DEEP AFFECTION  

(thank you for unlocking these worlds to be shared each Sunday)
"Master of the Words" 





























Master of the words
Scattered on the street
Calls that bring from faint places
worlds to stretch, to share,
to march across psyche’s page
Rising from who knows
As I bump along a sleepy passenger
On the Wordle CreateTrain where the images
Never die



41 comments:

  1. Words are magic they can conjure up so many ideas each one a catalyst for a new day. Even hateful words can be moulded into love poems.

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    1. Yes - even hateful words can burst into love poems :)

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  2. Not one but two great poems! I love the images your prose poem conjures for me, using every sense to create the scene.

    Your second describes to a T the difficulty of poetic creation. We are but passengers once a poem really gets going!

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    1. Aw Viv! "great?" thank you! So appreciative that you continue to stop by and today that you enjoyed the offerings :)

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  3. A hard double act to follow...!

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  4. Finding place against a crumbling wall.that is a thought that will keep me going for some hours..cigarette slowly burning..

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    1. Thank you Jaerose... yep I keep seeing that crumbling wall...

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  5. A lovely double dip treat, Pearl. I love the first one especially.

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    1. Hi Laurie - thank you for continuing to stop by - looked for you this morning - will check back in a bit :)

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  6. I enjoyed the first one, especially the transformation in the wall. So often it seems, that what we tend to lean on, can often change.. and even crumble as we journey on the train we are all riding.

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  7. brings to mind the word "l'shmoah" experiencing/listening with all of our senses... beautiful offerings Pearl:-)

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    1. Oh Laura - thank you for that lovely comment :) Greatly appreciated

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  8. I love the first one and all the possibilities you share. It's lovely.

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  9. Thanks for sharing with Poetry Pantry today, Pearl. I especially liked your first poem. It's message for me is: The world is calling. Get on board. If it passes you by, it is your own doing!

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  10. Love these poems! We often need to be reminded that life has lots to offer, we have to be willing to hop aboard to experience the many things that may pass us by if we don't.

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  11. Pearl, Thank you for all that you do for our community each week. First, I love your contributions. Aside from that, your spirit runs through our group with such positive enthusiasm each week. I am beyond grateful for you. Also, I love the quote under your "Gravatar" image. I'm at the same point you are...not trying to figure it out, just trying to savor each moment. Rock on, my friend, rock on!

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    1. Awwww Brenda -thank you for the wonderful words! I'll be smoking all day:). The inspiration of the Wordling words has truly opened up doors and a freedom to visit worlds that come to me almost magically along with the opportunity to visit the worlds of others in this phantastical community you have created from real flesh snd blood poets - Thank you again :)

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  12. I enjoyed the imagery of that first one very much. I like how you used the 'train' in both pieces to convey your message. Yes- jump on and ride!

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    1. Aw thanks so much for stopping by PL... such fun meeting each Sunday:)

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  13. Twofers are always great. Really like the portrait you painted in the first one, and the shared feelings in the second one.

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/instruments-of-survival-ii/

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth - the Sunday Whirl and Poetry Pantry mean a great deal to me - appreciate you stopping by :)

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  14. Pearl, your prose piece is outstanding. It pulled me right into the scene. And the second one is a shared feeling for many of us. Thanks for these.

    Pamela

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    1. Aw Pamela that is hight praise coming from you - as I wrote at your site - your pieces today were just stunning - I am truly delighted that I wrote first and read second - else these offerings might have been with-held after reading yours! Thanks again :) A joy reading and hearing from you through all these Sundays! :)

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  15. Great tribute, keep those creative thoughts chugging along!

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  16. I ejoyed the read! I imagine a "he" but maybe it was a "she?"

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  17. Perhaps the genderless "Master" as in master of ceremonies? I did think this had a male voice to it - never know where they come from :)

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  18. Oh, I could imagine the master of the streets. He was not interested in trains. He kingdom was his wall. Great character you created in barely three lines.

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  19. I always appreciate a pair of Ketover bookends. Great tributes to the founder of this word feast, in your inimitable style, Pearl.

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    1. Aw Walt - thank you so very much. I do so enjoy whirling along on The Sunday Whirl - those handful of scattered words seems to somehow unlock some worlds that come from who knows where! So very much appreciate your stopping by and the more than kind words. :) Happy St. Paddy's

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  20. There are many Masters of State Street in Madison. It's a matter of feeling some kind of self-worth, I believe. TWO wonderful poems from Brenda's inspiring words. Good on you, Pearl Girl! Peace, Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/03/18/life-cycling/

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  21. It seems that I encounter Masters of the Streets in every big city I visit. They always teach me something. Sometimes facts and details of the particular place. Sometimes more personal lessons. If nothing else, compassion is called into service.

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    1. Thanks Kim - a different take on the poem - which I always always enjoy :)

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  22. Love the imagery in the ending. This is a person we have all seen. Excellent poems.

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    1. Oh Sara - I so appreciate your stopping by and your comments- Thank you again and again :)

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  23. Oh, I'm so glad I made it by today - two wonderful poems! The prose piece is absolutely brilliant and spot on...don't we all recognize this guy? And your tribute could be from all of us, thank you so much... your light continues to light the way dear Pearl, and shines ever so brightly...you amaze me.

    http://nsaynne.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/and-in-the-air/

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    1. S.E. THANK YOU - you know that your comments mean a great deal to me - I am both humbled and delighted by your words :)

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