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Blue Green House

Magpie has posted her 52nd photo prompt. She’s been going for a year now. Happy Anniversary Magpie!

Blue Green House

our house has a few more shades of blue
than usual.

So I’ll cross the street.

I’ll sit
out of sight,
from windows or doors,
and press the tree-bark’s
familiar trails and patterns
into my skin.

I stiffen
at the sound of
of a door knob,

I am statuesque against my tree.

My name echoes in the street.

I won’t come back
till the blue fades away.

~Laura Archibald
February 2011

Part of Free-Write February and the Magpie Tales.

Free-write question:  How did you handle unhappy days as a kid?


12 responses

  1. I will answer that question. I wrote and I cried and I wrote. Lovely Magpie.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm

  2. Fun writing exercise. Perhaps I shall partake if I can stop napping… 🙂

    February 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm

  3. Lyn

    This is so subtle..I feel her strength of purpose..well done!

    February 10, 2011 at 6:04 am

  4. Very emotive piece!

    February 10, 2011 at 8:16 am

  5. Very lovely presentation.

    February 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm

  6. Wendy

    I always wanted to be like someone from a book when I was a kid, and have a special tree to climb into really high when I was feeling sad. Unfortunately, all our trees were just sticks. I had to make do with my room, which is much less cool-sounding. But it was my own, and it had a lock on the door, so it worked.

    Lovely poem.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

  7. Oh, dear! A case of the blues, and then some!

    February 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm

  8. Helen

    I like this! It has a neat flow and it’s unique.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm

  9. Great write for the prompt, Laura, the poet in you sings!

    February 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm

  10. Lucy Westenra

    Intriguing and enjoyable.

    February 11, 2011 at 4:38 am

  11. Lyn

    Decided to take you up on the question..How did you handle unhappy days….? Posted it on my blog..Fun!!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

  12. I can imagine the screwed-up-with-determination face whilst back is pressed to the tree.

    Great write!

    February 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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