Monday, February 3, 2014

Learning the Ropes!

                                                                                          Attribution: Alex Proimos
Image: Teenagers at Play (here)

Written for Irene's hosting at We Write Poems #5

Chosen 22 words out of 33:
slung, heaviness, substance 
elephant, trunk, queer 
fireflies, ribbons, porch 
sliver, full, crescent
cascade, grandmother
 child-like, fool 
green, smell, rope
wild, formidable

In heaviness though a
teenager of substance
He felt let down
Just like an elephant’s trunk
slung across his neck
His stomach felt queer as fireflies float
In ribbons of crescent lights

Child-like seemed like a fool
With smells of hard liquor
He left the party

He cut across the street
To a quaint little house
Settled at the porch
Full of sliver frothing at the mouth
Sweat cascade freely
From his brows

The door opened slowly
A grandmother peeked out
His grandmother

‘He’s still green, he’s just a kid
He’ll go wild in a few years
He's still learning the ropes
He’ll be formidable!’

She knows, seen many
Before him

13 comments:

  1. slowly he will be mature and start handling things

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  2. I like the grandmother. Deftly done.

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  3. When maturity sets in things will come automatically.
    Enjoyed another good read Hank.

    Yvonne.

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  4. for some it takes a much longer time for them to grow to maturity...
    we can always hope, like that mother...

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  5. Yes, often it seems the Grandmothers have seen it all.

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  6. Thanks for the memories, what a swift visit to a happy, carefree, warmer world. Your photo by itself says it all too!

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  7. Eventually one will come to their senses but have to go wild a bit to see it

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  8. Grandmothers are so good at seeing things in a positive life!

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  9. If wisdom came automatically to the young, there would be no need of grandmothers who see what others might miss,

    Elizabeth

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  10. Experience is the best teacher; the grandmother in her wisdom seems to know that. Your words paint a vivid picture of the young man's disappointment, the night scene, and the unseen door opening as she watches him. Nice use of the words.

    -Nicole

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  11. Good one, Hank. Grandmothers are always more positive than parents.

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