the tower

Around which they stand
unshakeable, proud, masters of all
the reason that lies behind
every move, each carefree step,
brick upon brick, fired,
a memory, then layered to a common tune
in the background, gently humming
old man with his stick, holding hands,
love at its first, and last,
this was us, our dream and now,
just a whisper, rubble
to fumble through for crumbs
to comfort the cold and forgotten

Unblemished by joy, the child with her shawl,
no protection from this barren life,
bare, for all who still see
this weathered face, trust destroyed,
all warmth and womanly instinct
seeped out for a well worn page,
insatiable lust, long forgotten

If you’d like to find out a bit more about this poem, click the link to the page “Explained” which shines a light on the background to each poem, or helps you to understand what the heck’s going on if you’re a bit baffled!

By cyncoed

Old & Welsh

9 replies on “the tower”

I started the idea of explaining the poems originally because every poem I would write, my family would say it was lovely ‘but’, with the but being that they clearly couldn’t understand a word. Then as I read more poetry I realised that some poetry was so deeply disguised in metaphors that I would also struggle to understand it, even though I would often read it over and over again until I had my own interpretation, (e.g Wallace Stevens – who in my humble opinion was a genius – ‘the emperor of ice cream’) . On the one hand I believe that the beauty of any art form is in the individual interpretation and that should be encouraged (= for any art form; poetry, music, sculpture, painting etc) so that once the artists creates it, it ceases to belong solely to the artist as it takes on the equally valid interpretations of the viewer/listener; (think Sphere Within Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro, what does it say to you ? ) but that said, sometimes it’s nice to have a helping hand and, having been to music college where there were teachers who could find deep meanings in the back of cornflake packets, I think if anyone is going to help you, it might as well be the artist/creator. Ideally, I believe that most really good poetry should have that flexibility of interpretation that enables the reader to fire up their imagination and put their own stamp on it. I suppose, to conclude, there are some really amazing poets on WordPress, and I just think it would be lovely if poetry could be opened up to the masses beyond the lyrics of teenage pop stars ! Thank you Eugenia!

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Your comment reminds me of how much poetry is subject to interpretation as the beauty of art is in the eye of the beholder. The proof is in the pudding because those of us that publish prompts are the receivers of works from a very talented group of writers. My last week’s weekly word prompt drew 25 responses (mostly poetry) and I find it most interesting and rewarding to read the interpretations from a talented and diverse group. Have a wonderful weekend.


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