Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Five Charms


by  lolamouse or babymouse 2014
Five Charms





Five charms I picked up
from the dimestore dust,
all silver and blue and black in my hand:
A vase, an acorn, a button of fire,
two eyeballs with a look of command.

I strung them up quick
on a spaghetti string, tied as
tight as a tattoo on my wrist
but the vase tipped over and spilled its blood,
the acorn poked, the button burned
and the eyeballs saw more than they should.

So beware of the luck
that you find in the dirt.
Some things should be left,
some things charm up hurt.




~April 2014








posted for     real toads

 Challenge: Whozits and Whatzits
Lolamouse (Mouse Droppings)  has given us some truly unique photos of various arcane and odd ..stuff..taken at a shop she visited  on a trip to Portland, Oregon with her daughter. Bizarre as it may sound, I had already had the dream (including the eyeballs) that sparked this poem and written  a few lines of it down--I couldn't ask for a better pic to have enabled its completion. Thanks, LM!








Image by lolamouse or babymouse.
Used with permission.


18 comments:

  1. The laws of unintended consequences put to song...Perfectly formed exposition of a great idea. Fine work all around.
    Steve K.

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  2. Very charming in and of itself. I love the idea of the spaghetti string worked in there. and those all seeing eye balls. (My daughter got some like these in Turkey--I do not know if that is where they originate.) The rhyme is very fun here. I have gotten to the end of a tether on my side--with a 55 I don't think I can post,. Maybe doubling back to rhyme may help. (Sorry to fill up this comment with kvetching.) The rhyme works very well for you even with a serious subject.) k.

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    1. Know what you mean, k. I am at my wit's end afa that tether. So far things keep coming, though, and I only hope they are better than they seem to my jaundiced and burnt out eye. Or eyeball. ;_) Thanks for reading this little ditty of strangeness.

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  3. Oh, they don't sound very charming at all. But the verse is.

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  4. WIse- the need for discernment. This is a great response to the photo's string of beads.

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  5. I find myself humming to this! I must make note of finding some of that dimestore dust! It sounds so appealing.

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  6. These are "evil eye" beads so your interpretation is just brilliant.."and the eyeballs saw more than they should" indeed!

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    1. Thanks, Kerry. I loved all the pictures LM posted but this one happened to fit my usual insane dream sourcing perfectly.

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  7. Isn't synchronicity great?!! So bizarre that you had that dream and found a perfect photo to fit. Your poem really had a dreamlike (nightmarelike?) quality to it, and the ending lines were a perfect warning. Thanks for playing!

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  8. Fun image and fun poem too, although serious as well. Makes me want to read Borges' 'The Zahir' again.

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  9. as is your wont, your final line (which is excellent) twists together what comes before, providing us with the chance to view from another perspective - through those evil eyes ~

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  10. I see peacock feathers, you see eyeballs! I love your cautionary tale here, Joy. Charms sometimes have their own agenda, all unknown to the finder.

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  11. I inherited a bracelet from an aunt, and whenever I wore it, I had the most overwhelming sadness. It took me a long time to clear her energies and be able to wear in happily in memory of her. Loved this!

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  12. Very nice...you brought even more for me that not-so-sure unsettled feeling I get around these "charms" I almost chose this image as well...found this one that I was going to put with it but then abandoned it for the birds! ;)

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/10/Votive_tree_cappadocia.jpg/502px-Votive_tree_cappadocia.jpg

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  13. beware the luck you find...yes...and what you believe in as well...its not always as it seems and there are consequences to most everything....

    sorry i am late....LLLLLOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGG day yesterday...smiles.

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  14. Yes what we find doesn't always need to be kept. Not all that is pretty shows it ugly side...goodness I could go on and on. Love a piece that splits open my imagination!!

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  15. this gem seems to have popped right out of an olde time curio shoppe. All dirt and warning at the close. There are other magics at work in those shops, I think. Those invasive eyeballs are memorable. You are humming along splendidly, Hedge. I admire your stamina. Does April seem extra long to you this year?

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    1. I think it has at least five extra days this year. ;_) I am taking a rest(ie dealing with my serious burnout) in May, though.

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'Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance' ~Carl Sandburg