Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mother and Child

Mother and Child


Such gentleness
To have launched a thousand wars
Such love
To have burned so many bundles of flesh
Such folly
To believe beyond compassion
Such hope
That things can be healed

Behind the mother’s mask
A child.
Behind the child’s mask
A flower.
Such ancient frailty
To remain
Evernew.



December 2010



Posted  for Magpie Tales  and also for  Friday Flash 55  at G-Man's place.
December 15, 2010
Uncredited photo provided by Magpie Tales removed

(Poem includes an old informal haiku I wrote earlier this fall.)

41 comments:

  1. Such folly
    To believe beyond compassion

    And how...

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  2. That such gentleness and love launched so many wars - such a truth, and so well worded!

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  3. An abundance of love and qualities that so many fail to recognize.

    Beautiful Magpie.

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  4. Dear Hedgewitch: Definitely I get the point; in the name of religion many wars, deaths etc have been committed. This is the problem. What is needed is spirituality not religiousity! My favourite line is:

    "Such hope
    That things can be healed"

    Hope spring eternal Peace! If we find the Source of Love rather than some politically-motivated psuedo-religion-propaganda which does not teach the true words of Love. "The most important of these (the 10 Commandments) is to LOVE one another". Love will heal all wounds but humankind has to learn HOW to create "Love" and thereby "Peace"! Great thought provoking poem! It is still safe to think?

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  5. "Such ancient frailty" - gorgeous.

    And somehow there is hope woven throughout...

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  6. Fabulous magpie,,
    cool sentiments captured here.

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  7. Very moving - and fits in perfectly with the prompt

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  8. this is truly a lovely write!
    enjoyed it very much
    thank you

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  9. Tragic, so much hatred in the name of love. Beautiful piece, Hedgewitch.

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  10. Thanks,all, for stopping by in a busy season. Enjoyed reading everyone's magpies, and participating, even with a difficult (for me) prompt. Happy holidays.

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  11. You have summed up, in few words, the tragedy of power abused in the name of love. This brought me close to tears. Beautiful, Joyann.

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  12. How brave, how insightful, how
    existential to dip into the darkness,
    to remember history, to look long
    and hard at the world that for the
    moment is still around us; I love
    the final lines /such ancient frailty/
    to remain/evernew/ and for that
    matter evernow.

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  13. Evernew, sweet. I really like that!

    xo

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  14. Yes, the people who hi-jacked Christ's message have a lot to answer for. Great Magpie.

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  15. very nice...so much pain comes from a message of love when left in the hands of man...

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  16. Lovely and I really like the word evernew.

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  17. Wow....all I can say is BRAVO!!!!

    My Flash 55 is posted Scroll down below my show n tell for Friday to find it.

    Have a great weekend.

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  18. Don't get me started on this subject!
    Excellent 55 Hedgewitch..
    Perfect and insightful.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End!

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  19. If only humankind can exhort that kind of compassion. Great piece!

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  20. You penned that well for 55 and Magpie
    heated subject for sure

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  21. Leave it to people to screw things up. Nice 55.

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  22. I like the phrase "ancient frailty."

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  23. "Such gentleness to have launched a thousand wars" great start to this piece that ends with renewal....hopefully the season gives a moment to rethink its message...hope you have a Blessed Holiday season...bkm

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  24. I thought this quite good in its simple eloquence. I love the last line and the whole idea of "evernew"

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  25. I love this, particularly:

    Behind the mother’s mask

    A child.

    Behind the child’s mask

    A flower.

    Thank you.

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  26. mother and child - a bond with many faces - well written - evernew - yes..

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  27. i struggle to express my thoughts here but i see that brian miller has said it better than i could hope to. i echo him.

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  28. Hedgewitch, the pain behind the sweetness and adoration, you summed it up nicely. Wonderful mag!

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  29. The rich wordplay makes the lovely thoughts behind this poem all the more beautiful...
    "Behind the child’s mask
    A flower." -- loved this!! The tenderness of emotions is so clearly visible in these lines...

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  30. How true and how beautifully written.

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