30 May 2011

Thoughts of the Lady in Blue ~ A Magpie Tale

Banquet Scene with a Lute Player by Nicolas Tournier, 1625

Ghostly servant painted white,
fading into darkness,
what stories your thin lips must spill
what distasteful tales convey
for surely you have heard it all
in your insignificant way.

Utter them now , spin us the yarn
while this good lady looks at you
every one else at the table is bored
with my uncle’s incessant reflections.

Look at him there, that glass in his eye
as if seeing the maker creating
he oooooos and he ahhhhhhs
while he primps and he paws
one hand in the folds of my dressings.
He’s old and he’s cold and likely to mold
and the stench he sets off nauseates me.

Invisible one please come to me
tonight in the day’s lonely gloaming
the stories you hold must surely be told
with your peppermint breath
my throat in a catch,
we can wander until the moon rises.

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A shout out to Tess Kincaid for her blog Magpie Tales.  Visit that link for more takes on the picture as prompt.

6 comments:

El regalo de tu presencia said...

beautiful picture and... words

kiss of three friends from spain

Lydia said...

Hi Brenda! Thank you for your kind comments at my blog, and you are right...we sure were of the same mind in our interpretations in this Magpie. I especially love these lines:
for surely you have heard it all
in your insignificant way.
...

He’s old and he’s cold and likely to mold ...

the stories you hold must surely be told
with your peppermint breath
my throat in a catch,


I really appreciated your Magpie.

Lolamouse said...

What a great story you weave with your words! And what a poor girl! I also love the line "He's old and he's cold and likely to mold..." Funny but again, sad...

Bee's Blog said...

Excellent tale on the prompt.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Lovely! Brilliant line - He's old and he's cold and likely to mold

Mr. Walker said...

Brenda, an excellent take on that painting. I love that you followed her gaze and started with the "Ghostly servant". You have caught my attention now about Magpie Tales.

Richard