Friday, April 27, 2007

Junk Thoughts

I took a couple of junk thoughts
I had laying around, and
tied them in the shape of a cross.
Covered the frame with paper-thin dreams,
and tethered it with hope to fly.

I ran on the soft sand of clouds
pulling it high with the wind of will.
It rose and dove, and danced this two-step
several times before it reposed at a height of pride.

It looked good hanging out with the sun,
new best friends kicking up the dust of blue sky.
All was well, right and fine with my fancy
‘til its pal ran away from a brood of dark bullies.

They took their saw-toothed sticks,
and beat my dream to its death.
All that was left was a frayed end of hope,
a whispering will of wind, and
a mind full of junk thoughts.


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22 comments:

Liz said...

Pat, I've just discovered your blog. Your poetry is amazing - I stand in awe and bow to your genius.

jel said...

Thanks for the trip !

Janice Thomson said...

Wow!...the imagery is outstanding and I love the metaphor. Pat this is excellent.

polona said...

WOW indeed!!!
one of your best, i think...

sage said...

I'm in awe. that was wonderful, the image, the metaphor, the journey

Rethabile said...

Cool poem, Pat. A journey from square one to square one. I also enjoyed sounds like: "All that was left was a frayed end of hope," and also "with the wind of will."

Bravo, sir.

Masago said...

Junk indeed! Well done.

trinitystar said...

I ran on the soft sand of clouds
pulling it high with the wind of will Beautiful line.

What a wonderful kite.

:o)

floots said...

absolute knockout pat
one of my favourites
thank you

Kai C. said...

i like the junk thoughts!

Nancy said...

"Covered the frame with paper-thin dreams,
and tethered it with hope to fly."
Very nice. Love this one

gautami tripathy said...

"It looked good hanging out with the sun,
new best friends kicking up the dust of blue sky."

Wow! The imagery here is too good.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Guess I'm just going to have to get in line here. Wanted to say you held on to that metaphore very tightly. Startlingly bright images contrasting a dark metaphore, great job Pat. You had us with you all the way!

dsnake1 said...

junk thoughts? This is a great poem!
love your images here.

"saw-toothed sticks," : why did i keep thinking of lightning?

Don Iannone said...

One of your very best. Great poem, Pat.

Grammie said...

Wow.....loved it!
You continue to amaze me with your use of the English language to paint pictures in my mind.

Katie McKenna said...

Fabulous! I think I say always though! Such wonderful imagery.. I smile.. I bought a kite on Friday. :)

NINANINA said...

love the kite imagery that I had in mind ..
did you every read "the kite runner" ? :)
Thanks for the art blog visit. But I continue to HAVE to work at the home depot LOL. I am having a big show in Houston next year so that' good news :) NINA

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I love how you said this -- brilliant!

Pat Paulk said...

Liz, you humble me with such a high compliment. Thank you, and please come back!!

Anytime Janice!!

Janice Thomsom, thank you!!

Love Polona WOW's!! Thank you!!

Sage, thank you!! It was fun to write.

Rethabile,yep, back to the drawing board, but at least with a "thread of hope". Thanks you sir!!

Vaughn, I'm a pack rat. Thank you
!!

Trinitystar, it was fun to fly...for awhile. Thank you!!

Floots, thanks!!

Thanks Kai!! I have plenty.

Nancy, thank you!!

Gautami, I liked that line too. Thanks!!

Russell, all the way to the burning end. What a way to go out. Thanks!!

Dsnake, makes a pretty good "whuppin" stick, I think. Thanks!!

Thanks Don!!

Grammie, I love WOW's!! Thank you!!

Katie, just don't fly too close to the sun or in storms. Thank you!!

Nina, it's always my pleasure to visit your blog. You have an amazing talent. Thank you!!

Thanks Andrew!!

Inconsequential said...

cool

one of my favourites i think.

well, until you knock out something better :)

lainey said...

Pat if you haven't decided on a 'theme' or another poem as the center piece of your publication I would seriously consider this one. It is truely one of your bests!