Monday, November 22, 2010

the haunted house... part three...

to begin at the beginning, click here

by human being

illustrations by rhoda penmarq







xi

fear is a wound:
the child was afraid of the dead eyes
winking at her








the second leaf was gone with the darkness
the plate was empty again
the cats were making strange grumbling sounds







xii

.distance is a wound:
the child was missing the friendly eyes
laughing with her






the third leaf was gone with the wind
the plate was empty again
the cats were hiding behind the portraits










xiii
understanding is a wound:
the little girl came to know that all played games
and all games had at least one loser






the fourth leaf was gone with the shadows
the plate was empty again
the cats were sniffing the suitcases in the middle of the hallway








xiv

.truth is a wound:
the little girl told the truth, but nobody believed her
she learned that all were telling lies in one way or another







the fifth leaf was gone with the light
the plate was empty again
the cats were kneading on her lap






xv

friendship is a wound:
those who were closer to the little girl
could hug her tighter
and beat her harder







the sixth leaf was gone with the rain
the plate was empty again
the cats were purring contently









xvi

each word is a wound:
the small girl soon discovered that each word is a world
when the speaker is on an expedition to the north pole
the hearer might be camping in the south pole








the seventh leaf was gone with the moonlight
the plate was empty again
the cats were fast asleep










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5 comments:

Dan Leo said...

Magical, again, both words and pictures.

(I'm loving some of these word verifications by the way. Today's is "rumicalg".)

Old 333 said...

That was really lovely. Also, I will not forget: "the small girl soon discovered that each word is a world
when the speaker is on an expedition to the north pole
the hearer might be camping in the south pole"

Really cool piece, guys...thanks, and hoping for more!

PG

rhoda said...

dan and peter,
thanks again, your support is much appreciated!

dan,
are you doing the word verification because it's fun? if you are signed into google, you shouldn't have to do it.

Dan Leo said...

Rhoda -- ah, I never thought about that, all my years in the service...But now that I think about it, sometimes I come by to "flashing by" without having signed in, and then "it" asks for the funny words...like rumicalg or warbag...today's is one that's like the name for an apprentice angel: "ophoel"...

human being said...

sharing is all! crow is honored to have such great friends...

one writes... one draws... one reads... one remembers... and all live...

Dan Leo, Old Peter, timmy...
namaste!