Thursday, October 18, 2007

Written on the Walls and the Road

How many of my days forever lost sitting in muddled dread... ...that a monster will arrive in my mailbox, yet it never came.
How easily I fell into such a funk.
I let time, weather and neglect take their toll before light returned and I left these furnished rooms to stroll out the door.
I look at faces on the street, but they all seem to be the same.
Oblivious to a growing hunger that even I can not satiate.
The rhythm is there, but sealed and shrink wrapped.
Yet it beckons, piercing like a diamond needle in the ebony vinyl night.
"Rats," I mutter, muffling my rodent-infested rage that simply scurries, nibbling away at scraps as night approaches.
My thoughts wander back to sticky, sweet fields of corn...
...that empire I left behind so many decades ago.
Do I even remember that name?
And can I be transported back to such grace by the most random smile from a stranger on the street?
We can save the daylight a few weeks more until November arrives, but I know what happens as those sparkles command the sky at twilight.

Befuddled diamonds, or are they just glistening glass to cut at our tires?
I try to ground myself in the aqua marine shapes ahead... ...convinced that it is for me they reach.

(Inspired, in part, by the great archives of Reya Mellicker's Gold Poppy)

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At 4:42 AM, Blogger Pod said...

ain't you clever?
(best get her name right though before she sees, else she'll clobber you one!)

At 5:11 AM, Blogger kimy said...

great, great, great! I have to check out reya's archives as I love wall/window/sidewalk art!

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Pod - Noted and corrected. Now she will wonder which she you're referring to!

Kimy - She's got great stuff, especially her reflection photos.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

Oh, how I did enjoy this entry.

I'm also really liking the street shots. More, please! :)


At 9:40 AM, Blogger WAT said...

Oh, it's "The Stars Come Out To MOCK Me."

For a minute there I thought I saw something a bit more vulgar.


At 11:20 AM, Blogger Scot said...

I wonder, does one corner of your mouth turn up in a semi-smirk when you put something like this together? It seems difficult not to have a cerain self-satisfied, self-ammused aire.
Anyway, I was satisfied and amused, and isn't that really the point after all?

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Jill - I guess I'm trying to get all the street shots I can before the rains hit.

WAT - You're mind is always in the wrong place.

Scot - I live in order to make sure that you are satisfied and amused.

At 8:28 PM, Blogger thombeau said...

wow, great post!

At 11:23 PM, Blogger m00nchild said...

I take pictures of street graffiti, concrete scrawl, and odd images like this all the time. And I thought I was just wacky, but hey you're a thief.

Signage in particular is compelling to me. The fact that it communicates as well as has a tangible form makes postings, signs, bills, etc. all fascinating subjects.

And like my part of town, yours is COVERED in stuff like this.

Thanks for the tour!

At 5:11 AM, Blogger Gary said...

I am most fond of the 'drunk' happy face winking at you on the street. Count me as a big fan of smiley faces in any circumstance.


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