Wednesday, 23 February 2011



a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill

Bare shivers
From the Earth’s shoulders
Is all it takes: a mere frisson
Crumpling worlds and lives to dramatic origami
Jigsaw puzzle missing pieces, blood along edges
Torn corners that will never fit
Never be cradled
Or held tight

The background picture is copyright of Willow of Willow Manor, who has put it forth as a writing prompt.
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Stafford Ray said...

'Crumpling worlds and lives to dramatic origami'.
So descriptive and yet succinct!
But I must take issue with you. The earth is not sick, It is rejuvenating, shaking itself like a dog and we are the 'fleas on the dog's back'!

spacedlaw said...

I think it would do well to get rid of us who are poisoning it every day. But it's been shaking rather a lot in the past two years.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Thinking of those affected by the earthquake in NZ...very timely post.

spacedlaw said...

That was my inspiration indeed. I saw the picture right after the news of the earthquake yesterday.

Helen said...

I saw 'earthquake' in the Magpie photo .. before I knew of the devastation in New Zealand.

Your poem is sobering, and beautifully composed.

Martin H. said...

"Crumpling worlds and lives to dramatic origami ..." is a great line.

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Doctor FTSE said...

A timely reminder of the Earth's caprices.

Tumblewords: said...

Powerful piece full of currency and trauma.

Trellissimo said...

The Earth certainly shivered this week...

gautami tripathy said...


scattered with the wind

Tess Kincaid said...

Poor sick earth. Well done, Nathalie.

Kristen Haskell said...

Crumpling worlds and lives to dramatic origami... hands down my favorite line. This is very well done and yes we must nurse our earth back to health.

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vivid imagery..
lovely wriiting.

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