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A Magpie Tale…


Five hundred and nine-nine

One missing.

A gaping whole,
a mouth that swallows up the trees, sky, grass.
My eye is drawn.

in spite of the
rows and rows of leaves that all looked the same
yet I pieced them together

(it took hours),

I just can’t overlook it.

Laura Archibald
February 2011

This is part of Magpie Tales, a writing community.

This is also part of my own Free-write February.  Or Feel Free to Write February.  Or Just Write, dammit.  Whatever you want to call it.
Some of it is crappy, some of it is not.  I’m exercising my writing muscles in the vast caverns of the blogosphere.

I don’t have a question for you today since the theme of the above poem is about imperfections and I don’t want to focus on those.  Or maybe I should.  It always makes for interesting writing.  All right, I’ll ask it.  What imperfections are blemishing your perfect world today?


5 responses

  1. Today’s imperfect is more of a pickle: Three large dogs trapped in my house with a muddy back yard. Been raining cats and dogs today and I want to let them out but I am afraid to let them back in. Great poem.

    February 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

  2. I really like this, (could apply to so many things in life!) it has layers of meaning not just the obvious one. Great magpie, I loved it.

    Susannah 🙂

    February 25, 2011 at 3:23 am

  3. Interesting take on the prompt!

    February 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

  4. This made me smile. Many years ago I did a one thousand piece jigsaw and somehow managed to knock one piece into the mop bucket, which I didn’t find until I emptied it. The picture had peeled off and the piece was soggy. That jigsaw was never finished.
    Nice Magpie!

    February 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  5. ~T~

    Why do we focus on what lacks? Our most recent puzzle showed the Periodic Table of the Elements. One piece did not arrive. Would the world miss that element? I don’t even remember which it should have been.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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