pause for thought

photoart & peom - pause for thought
photoart & poem – © 2018 Laura Granby

Does it matter one insignificant jot
that in that late and hot
sybaritic summer, the rot set?

But then weren’t we just a pair
of overripe plums…daring
to fall further than we cared?

What would have been the outcome
had we at least begun – with blossom?

Do you still possess my pitiful poesies?
Or muse, like me, on these meddlesome memories?

Is it awkward and mildly mawkish to make the inquiry?
Am I stuck in reverse with this retrospective query?

Do ponderings always dredge the sludge of  years?
Questions are evidently made for ears

– are the marks not fashioned so?

Björn invites us to makes pauses in our poetry with the dVerse prompt: Meet the Bar with Silence

21 Comments on “pause for thought

  1. I find questions so much more interesting than answers… also love those little pauses in thought… it would be great to hear a recording of this as well, but I really find those pauses I think.

    Love the thought of being overripe before you bloom… a great metaphor for those relationships that are over before they really begin.

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    • thank you for this feedback Bjorn – your prompt was so well illustrated and gave pause for thought! The use of the question mark is a powerful silencer especially when there are no answers
      p.s. I keep thinking of recording but the techno effort holds me back

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  2. Laura your poem is wonderful with its circular musings and the pauses are inserted so subtly that we miss it, which is the mark of great poetry!

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    • What a lovely comment Jilly. I like your perception of circular musings – endless questions like fish rising silently to the bait!

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  3. This is very well written. I love the word sybaritic, the comparison with the two overripe plums, and the rhymes.

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    • Thank you – it’s a great word full of suggestion. And thanks for noticing – I do not often rhyme.

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  4. Every question certainly made me pause for thought. The use of question marks is brilliant!

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    • Just how I intended Vivian – so thank-you. The questions should be read as thoughts that come intermittently

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  5. Great poem–very clever lines and thoughts here (and I mean clever in a good way!) That last comparison of ears with question marks is terrific!

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    • Glad you spotted the suggestion and many thanks for a very nice comment

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  6. I liked this central couplet: “Do you still possess my pitiful poesies?
    Or muse, like me, on these meddlesome memories?” The watercolor is also beautiful.

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    • Thank you -was not quite sure with that couplet – composed the photoart after I finished the poem on this one

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    • thank you Beth 🙂 do you have an orchard I wonder?!

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  7. Sometimes questions are answered more from the silent pauses than from words. Nice work!
    Dwight

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  8. Those question marks really DO look like ears! I don’t think I’d ever thought of that before!

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    • Only spotted the connection after repetitive questioning!

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