Monday, June 7, 2010

the backyards of mind

memories
speaking trails
like little footprints
in the backyards of mind

frozen days
left stranded
in stone
each detail chiseled
and perfect
or flawed

brain
wraps around
a million delicate things
that trace back
through scents
like paths worn down
along the countryside
each step becoming
part of the way

memories step out
of place sometimes
from hidden screens
like paintings in the attic
or tainted tax returns
some things
better left forgotten
escape like
skeletons in the closet


Magpie Tales #17



the Copyright © 2010 Alexis Hallum

34 comments:

Stafford Ray said...

Alexis you have a gift for words! Beautifully crafted.

Brian Miller said...

wow. you have some great lines...

each detail chiseled
and perfect
or flawed

memories surprise us in the most unlikely places some times...great magpie.

willow said...

Ah, yes, those sneaky memories that step out of place. A unique and lovely Magpie!

kathew said...

lovely memories lovely Magpie

Jodi said...

LOVE it, you're killing me! WOW!

Lyn said...

Memories do step out, don't they? What you say is full of power..thanks...

Anna Margaret said...

Hello sweet one,
First, I`d like to thank you for, not only stopping by my Blog, but for your kind words.
I`m so glad you are able to be a stay at home Mom - that truly is a gift these days.
Keep writing and sharing your heart -
You are a blessing -

signedbkm.com said...

lovely "memories stepping out of place sometimes" great line.....love the name of your blog, happy to see someone else likes black and white photos....bkm

Vicki Lane said...

Love the image of backyards of the mind! Very nice piece!

Lydia Kang said...

That was wonderful, thank you for posting!

JoAnn said...

And were is the picture of Jake in a tie?
No seriously, this was beautiful. Something about chiseling makes me shiver...

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful imagery!

Barb said...

I reread the poem many times, Alexis. It is just as you say - memory is fickle and fleeting, unfortunately rarely perfect!

rel said...

Alexis,
I enjoyed your saunter down the lane of memories and in particular the reminder of how old memories come, unbidden, from the shrubbery along the path.
Nice flow and great magpie.
rel

Lynda Young said...

great imagry.. I like the "tainted tax returns"

Words A Day said...

i too love the "tainted tax returns" adn the form your poem takes like fragments of thought.

Carrie Burtt said...

You are very talented...I love the direction you went with it, and the beautiful imagery! :-)

alicia said...

You are gifted. Thanks for the beautiful word picture!

Robb said...

"memories
speaking trails
like little footprints
in the backyards of mind"

I love the begining!! The whole poem is beautiful but the start is my favorite part. The images that the initial line brings to my mind are priceless.

Helen said...

This is quite the lovely Magpie .......

Susannah said...

I love it.

especially the lines. . .

"memories
speaking trails
like little footprints
in the backyards of mind"

. . . just wonderful!

Lena said...

A wonderful post and it's so true....tainted (and new) tax returns ARE somethings better left forgotten!!

Tammy said...

I love your way with words!

emily wierenga said...

like paintings in the attic... beautiful.

Dave King said...

That last stanza does it for me: it brings it all together very powerfully. The poem improves with each reading.

thelumberjackswife said...

Beautiful! You have a way with words!

Jingle said...

sparkling words.
beautiful tale!

The Empress said...

You are so very good at writing poetry.

I love how your few words can tell a whole story.

Sliding on the Edge said...

You left some lovely memories for me with your poem.

emily wierenga said...

alexis, thank you for sharing of yourself in your comments. i feel i know you so well. :) e.

Arian Rey Tejano said...

all lines are tightened and this adds to the crispiness of the subject matter.

thanks for visiting my little new blog.

Cezanne said...

Wow, I relate to this. It's amazing.

Jeannine said...

Wow--thank-you so much for sharing your words. Keep up the beautiful writing and making a difference! :)

Samantha Bennett said...

Love it! The third stanza is especially beautiful. It captures that comfy familiarity of memories.