Monday, February 10, 2014

Stark Reality


ashes float from the night sky
like an ex lovers letter
set to flame in black and white
no heat or hint of color
just the stark reality
and the hard, cold steely truth


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30 comments:

  1. I am a fan of intense, compact verse. You master that here!

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  2. Love it ,those words really hit home in many ways right now

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  3. I see the ash drift like lighter ice down down, just so, in black and white.

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  4. In so few words you've captured a whole story. So well done, Kathryn.

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  5. Wonderfully executed! Stark and gray.

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  6. the ends are such hard truths...
    when we have to face it is over....
    tight little piece kathryn

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  7. The hard truth is sometimes difficult to realize; but coming to terms with reality is always the best thing.

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  8. I like the imagery in your poem ... it conveys well the painful emotion of an ending. The ice picture is a great contrast to the poem. Very creative. Congrats on your book :)

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  9. Very descriptive, Kathryn. ~~ Burning, the ashes will be the last grim reminder.
    Especially grim because they will necessarily be a grayish black and white.
    Though they would look the same had they been the brightly colored Sunday
    comics, they wouldn't get nearly as much attention and devotion as lover's letter.

    BTW, I never got one of those, did you? I did get letters from my first wife when I
    initially went into the service.
    I'd like to see one now. I am sure she has BURNED them.
    ..

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    1. They well may have been love letters, we had not been
      married even one month before I had to leave her.
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    2. Thank you Jim. I did have some love letters. I got rid of some and kept others. I wish I'd kept them all because they were a record of where I was at at a particular point in time. It must have been hard leaving your wife after just one month.

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  10. truth.........harsh like snow.......cold

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  11. That photo is absolutely magnificent! I am amazed :-)

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  12. Excellent! So much summed up in so few lines really shows the power of an effective comparison.

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    1. Thanks Kerry for such a lovely comment.

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  13. 'hard, cold steely truth' ~ these words caught my attention...feeling cold, but moving, growing...should it be always painful and cold? ...not necessarily, I guess...makes me ponder more...~ Thanks, Kathryn

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  14. Just last week I asked my step-father to burn an old letter that, though not from an ex-lover, each time he reads it, poisons him. I don't know if he did. But he should. Your pen is sharp here, Kathryn ~

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  15. Your words are sharp and fierce. So much said in so few words. Love this pairing of words and icy-sharp image.

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  16. Those love letters need to be set on fire at some point ~ Love the post & picture - stunning ~

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  17. I like it Kathryn ... stripped and hard ... so appropraiately titled 'Stark' :-)

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  18. Stark--but beautiful--I like its minimalist sense--really beautiful work

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  19. the hard cold steely truth..yes, we are living that these days. this has fabulous imagery.

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