... the old black rum
Tapestry (for jm's challenge my Fav)
And you paint those words,
A dusting of shells and crushed pearls
Upswept in glorious idiom Vernacular,
Ah, but she is no easy read, this one
the labor of the velocipede, grounded so
And we of free roam, entered unknowingly
Paid for the peak, with Wampum beads,
Jubilant, as her audience, listening with eyes
Excite in the rising tintinnabulation,
Ringing images of vivid curiosities,
Astounded, we the watchers, the valance….
but, of the paint is the brush, the flesh,
A being of color. Not servile to the bland,
Poised, is she… holder of visions,
Liquefying life, to its primal colors,
Mixed in the pearls, and lost shells,
Splaying frantic images of tiled movements,
Earth tones, with memories, of the now past
Tied to the fabric, with delicate heart threads
Her soul in the Tapestry……..
But, of the painter,
what smolders, behind those eyes,
Vicissitudes of desire, of want!
A waif of the sea, pure and victual,
A taste of wine on wanting lips….
Food for the eye and the soul,
Her tapestries, sustenance of life!
Words, they are just words….
But, those eyes, those lips,
they create hunger, desire!
They see of life, breathe of want,
whisper of love…Not words,
Yes, I know, I see her now,
She is the vision .......
She is the Tapestry.
James Parker Haley Apr 6, 2000.
Note: Some definitions
My friend Dic Webster II, defines the following as........
Tapestry - A rich heavy cloth woven with multi-coloured pictorial designs.
Velocipede - an early bicycle propelled by pushing the feet along the ground.
Vernacular - The idiom of a specific prefession or trade. Also the normal spoken language of a country or region.
Wampum - Small strung beads or polished shells, once used by North American Indians as currency or jewelry
Tintinnabulation - The ringing of bells.
Valance - A short ornamental curtain handing from the edge.
Servile - subservant, slavishly submissive,
suitable to a servant or slave.
Vicissitudes - A change or variation, the quality of being changeable.
Victual - Food suitable for consumption.
Waif - Something found and unclaimed. as an object cast up by the sea