Wayzata, Minnesota

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Mag - Petergate


"The trick of finding what you didn't lose
(existing's tricky: but to live's a gift)
the teachable imposture of always
arriving at the place you never left."
E.E. Cummings

Petergate, with a view of York Minister, York, UK photo by Tess Kincaid

After Dusk Tour

this medieval walled city
 adopts a man with walking stick and woolen cape,
he waits by a pub, 
as if to negotiate
his next retreat?

If I were to translate
he's grinning-
knowing, that all those
unknown, perfect faces peering
from behind hard-polished windows
all imagine he'll
swoop upon them like an eagle
at the very stroke of midnight
to begin their tour tonight.

They have no idea he waits by the pub,
so they wait for his swoop.
Shall I tell them now?

Before their pretty little faces peering
all aglow by electric light,
turn sad waiting and waiting-
watching the yet stiff moon 
slowly rising,
as if, it too, were in wait as well-
just above the tallest roof
still rising high
like a lost balloon
floating over Petergate.


Bekkie Sanchez said...

My first comment took off like a lost balloon! I had a hiccup with the net (or you'll have 2.)

I want that tour!!! Night time is the right time! Enjoyed your write Karen and your friendship here on Mag! TY! ♥

Cloudia said...

you have imagination wings

ALOHA from Honolulu

SuyashJ said...

interesting take on the picture

Bob Scotney said...

York is close (30 miles) to where we live - we go there several times a year.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


Anonymous said...

the ability of wondering !

Kutamun said...

I especially liked " stiff moon rising !"

Carola Bartz said...

Oh I love it! Since I was in York just last summer this is still very close to me.

Debbie said...

lurking in thought and imagination!!!

Cat-tails: here be wagging tales said...

Ah, yes, waiting for the return of Tess, no doubt. ;)

Rommy said...

England by moonlight sounds enchanting

Berowne said...

In a word, intriguing. Well done.

Kathe W. said...

wonderful imaginative words!

Tess Kincaid said...


Jeanie said...

What a beautiful and evocative interpretation!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photography ~ great composition and love the angle!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Björn Rudberg said...

Wonderful walk .. and yet there is a tingling of danger..