Wayzata, Minnesota

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Mag 152

The Mag

Image provided by Tess Kincaid
for Magpie Tales.
A golden afternoon
my wee participants and I
shared candy-coated chatter
quick steps and running laughter.
After the laughter
in still air
the silence of their footsteps
spoke to me.
A grave and persistent noise
spread about my thoughts
of life and death.
Tiny little laughter waning
behind me
 they shared the path hand in hand.
as I read,
calling name after name
into the wind.
A dead echo flurried 
as we journeyed 
hands clasped
hearts anchored.
If you treasure trees and roots, then a stroll through one these should suit you well. If by lucky chance, you can bring a little friend, they'll love the stories one can find, waiting to be read!
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Gail said...

Beautiful. "Shared candy-coated chatter"...that line says so much.

AM Zafaran said...

Beautifully expressed! 'Hands clasped, hearts anchored' really spoke to me.

izzy said...

Kids are amazingly capable of happiness anywhere! I like your poem, thanks.

Cloudia said...

"candy-coated chatter"

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anthonynorth said...

Yep, some excellent lines in this.

Berowne said...

The mind's eye recaptures...

Leovi said...

I like this poem, really exquisite.

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

great poem - hands clasped, hearts anchored is particularly effective for me

Sueann said...

Loved the imagery of two young ones, holding hands and braving the walk through the woods!

Other Mary said...

There is the delightful line others have mentioned too 'candy coated laughter' and I also like the rhyme of 'After the laughter'.
I wonder where your picture at the bottom is from?

Little Nell said...

Wonderful imagery Karen, and like all good poems, it can be interpreted on many levels. Some beautifully descriptive lines too.

darlin said...

Karen a very well written piece, your words paint the picture... well done!

Helena said...

Very touching. I find walks through cemeteries fascinating.

Susan Anderson said...

I especially like the ending...

hands clasped
hearts anchored



Helen said...

Holding hands always makes the walk better ... no matter the location. :)

Alan Burnett said...

Lovely lines. "Candy-coated chatter" - lovely mental image.

Stafford Ray said...

May you have many more such golden afternoons. It stops soon enough, in its own time but quick footsteps and laughter do postpone the end.

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Lydia said...

I, too, most loved the ending...but felt deeply the entire poem.