Monday, February 21, 2011

MAGPIE TALE: Along the Route

Another Monday, another Magpie Tale

Can you imagine a life beyond the fray, beyond the foes --
those imagined and those you have embedded,
your very soul pock-marked from so many
explosive anticipations that finally fizzled but left you scarred nonetheless.
You just want to go back to that safe place at the soda fountain
at Kress' beneath the stool where your mother had a limeaid and you
perused the tabloids of lives saucily sordid and you never dreamed that you
would someday come to live.
How far you've journeyed now from Tierra de Fuego and Ha Giang and
Catalonia and the far edge of Bellingham, Washington and back.
Your route is far from complete, but you snap a handy torch now
to glance back as far as the light will travel. There is much more back
there that is hiding in the shadows.
Try as you may, you can never put all the puzzle pieces back together
to retrace what brought you here. The crumbs you dropped along the way
were gobbled up decades ago. And now you can barely recognize these musty
volumes of your description of the path that brought you here.



At 10:10 PM, Blogger spacedlaw said...

Very true. I suspect the crumbs also mutated into fake memories sometimes.

At 7:41 AM, Blogger Helen said...

This is amazing on so many levels ... a delightful read and very thought proviking. 'putting the puzzle pieces back together' - is it possible? Should it be?

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Tess Kincaid said...

That spot at the soda fountain sounds heavenly. Wonderful Magpie, as always, Mr. Thief.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger gautami tripathy said...

It makes one thing...

scattered with the wind

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Kristen Haskell said...

Oh the whole thing rings so true with me and I don't think I could have appreciated what you were saying if I was any younger. It is the crumbs that have been gobbled up that I wish I'd spent more time being aware of...

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Reflections said...

Love the layering of your piece, thought provoking, wonderful images.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

Yours is one of my favorite blogs to visit...because with words and photos I am often catapulted back to that "soda fountain". Where are young people's soda fountains of today? Is it McDonalds? I love where I live....but, in my memories.... there is no place like home :)

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Sue J said...

A wonderful take on this week's prompt, looking back on all the choices that brought you to now. Great Magpie.


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