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Friday, May 21, 2010

Tale of Scales for Magpie Tales

Magpie Tales offers an image for prompt. Please follow the link to see the photo. My first thought was of grunion. My second thought was the same. My third... Result:

Tale of Scales

lemming-like
they leap to damp sand
intent on lodging spawn

     wild-eyed tourists
     with visions of pretense
     links to submarine sighting

     cart empty tubs for take
     at the full of moon
     when tiny bodies jump 

from the high tide of sea 
meet with clumsy hands
and heavy thrashing feet













Digital image.
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25 comments:

christine said...

Amazing imagery that takes the reader into the poem.

Christine

Sam Liu said...

Beautifully described, the emotions and scenes conjured are wonderful. An absolute delight to read.

Lily Hydrangea said...

beautiful, I can picture the scene from your vivid writing.

Q said...

Your word paintings are brilliant...wow!
Sherry

Jingle said...

brilliant poem!

Tash said...

I read the poem 1st, then your intro... I KNEW you were writing about grunnion! Superb.
I like the image, now it is for me about...grunnion.

kathew said...

After reading your poem I had to read up on Grunnion? I didn't know about them-now I do- and can appreciate your words and imagery-well done!

Naquillity said...

wonderful tale and the placement of the words makes your poem appear to have movement like the grunion. hope all is well.

joanny said...

Enjoyable read -- clever tale!
Well done magpie!
Love that digital image or painting?
Joanny

Lisa said...

Really clear, vivid images in your poem--I especially like clumsy hands and thrashing feet. Great Magpie!

brenda said...

Poor little fishies, hoping to birth, move from the ocean, out onto earth. :)

Lisa said...

oh, after looking up grunion now it all makes sense and I can actually live the poem.

Helen said...

I took a minute or two to 'Google' grunion ... your wonderful Magpie is perfectly descriptive!

willow said...

Okay. What is grunion? Gotta go find out...

Ann Best said...

I just found you, and glad I did. Excellent haiku. I'm impressed.

Ann Best said...

And stunning photograph!!

Grace and Bradley said...

Love the writing and the picture.

Lena said...

I loved your opening verse in particular. They amaze me when they do that....!

Brian Miller said...

you sucked me right into your magpie...we have a pic of a bear catching the salmon...for a minute i was the bear...

00dozo said...

Oh, my - like some others, I also had to look up "grunion". Poety often confuses me (as I am so easily confued), but now having the proper reference, I enjoyed this poem. And I love the images that appear on your site - unique and beautiful, and a certainly unique Magpie.

Lyn said...

I can actually feel the action of this poem..thank you!!

Suz said...

I agree...very nice imagery
nice...very nice

rel said...

Sue,
My oh my I haven't heard or thought about grunion in forever.:)
Lovr the way you tell the story.
rel

Tammy said...

Great imagery!

Angie Muresan said...

Incredibly delightful!

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