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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Unquiet Grave

Novodovichy grave, Moscow

Cupped hands uplifted
make an offering to some god unknown.
A sacrifice to lost promise.

Piercing the tranquility 
of this resting place,
the offering's razor edge.
A shard of broken dream.

Beseeching silently
to take the proferred gift,
the blood red splinter.
A shattered heart.

© Marilyn Brindley


Taking part in ‘The Mag, number 103. This is a haunting ballad by Kate Rusby. 


15 comments:

  1. Very interesting picture - great poem, made me stop and think.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  2. I really like this - so many vivid images and it really hits you in the gut.

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  3. Oh this is good Little Nell - last stanza a work of art!

    Anna :o]

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  4. shard of broken dream
    blood red splinter

    Strong images for me.

    =)

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  5. I think the piercing soundscape adds dimension to the eerie atmosphere you have created here. Thank you for sharing this, Little Nell.

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  6. i agree, that last few lines...wonderful..x

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  7. This is so deep, and to hear this lovely voice along with it....very sincere...

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  8. Yes, the hands are indeed 'unquiet' and the poem certainly captures that with elegance!

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  9. A Perfect blend of music prose & image.I am kicking myself! Kate played Hebden Bridge recently & I missed her!

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  10. Cut glass poetry - you can feel the sharpness of the edges, just like you should be able to.

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  11. This is amazing, there's a certain zing about it and it packs a punch as well. I adore accompanying video's, too. It's always pleasing (and intriguing) to come across fitting music with posts.

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  12. You've caught the cut and thrust of broken relationships...

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  13. I love the 'splinter' of the ehart.

    So beautiful.

    The Collage Pirate

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