Tuesday, 9 March 2010



verb (used with object)
1. to present, especially deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, often falsely..
2. to convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; express or imply.
3. the meaning, import, or sense: the main purport of your letter.
4. purpose; intention; object

“Why the long face?”
He asks,
The purported trinket still in hand
- She won’t touch it –
“It doesn’t even look so cheap!”

She reaches out,
- Finally -
Stroking the beast in ginger sweeps,
Tears in her eyes.

Digging his grave
He insists,
“Not cheap, not cheap at all, even…”
She tosses her head
Does she agree? Doesn’t she?

The words spill out
- At last -
A sad condemnation, a bare murmur
A slow exhalation.


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Brian Miller said...

nice. perhaps she feels the wieght from wence it came...nice magpie.

martha said...

Well done, you lead up to the explanation very skillfully.

Vicki Lane said...

Very good reason!

Catalyst said...


Peter Goulding said...

I've heard it said that old ivory is okay but new ivory isn't but I don't know where the line is drawn.
The picture looks like a new piece. Its something that should be highlighted - well done!

Poetikat said...

Nice work. I liked, "digging his grave", particularly.

rob kistner said...

Hi Nathalie
Haven't been by to visit you in quite a while, but glad I stopped in -- nice piece...

Image & Verse

Jennifer said...

Really good poem - love the simple ending. And loved this: "Digging his grave" because it's such a true to life moment. In one act, one instance someone could change in your eyes and you'll never look at them the same.

The Muse said...

Tears indeed...tears for the loss..tears for the beauty...

You have brought it all to light in this piece. The emotional buffet on display. Bravo.

little hat said...

I could feel the ivory. Nice ending.