Mosaic Making – Upon a Time

… These fragments I have shored against my ruins…


I fell in love here once,
So ancient, so wild. Streams
That flowed past, down,
Past rocks that lined
The lone, fragrant shore. While
Time was etched in tree trunks,
And grasses pushed, pushed
Aside on hikes that wound
Back to our quiet village…
Hidden between the mountains,
And a waterfall. Yes,

Rough pavements pounded down
Pebbles, and bits of broken stone we
Skipped across smooth streams that flowed
Down to trees danced under, all
Wet from rains and whistling,
Whistling to match the tap tap
Tap of boughs,
Against boughs.


Then, tables on trails we traveled
Over, twisting and twisting and
Leading us… home again? To
Ripened products of farm
And field, and to
Votives I did not light but
That glowed in darkness that flowed
In, past glass shards
Scattered and scattered, stabbing
At our feet. Blood and time

Slipping by, like plates wettened still
By soap we flung out
From carousels rode so fast
On nights when clouds fell
Down and blotched,
Battered the frail turrets of Time.


Gears shot, bolts busted by rust –
Clogs cling to clogs… but

Grasses grow and grow,
Climbing up the sides of rides
We ride together in
Meadows and valleys in
Wild rains at midnight in
Thunder that breaks and breaks in
Tunnels we dug out of
Such soft and supple Earth, picking
Fragments of bone and pottery as
We go – Pieces I think
Of love of
The mosaic we piece together, joining
And breaking, joining and

Published as part of Dverse Open Link Night

9 thoughts on “Mosaic Making – Upon a Time

  1. s September 3, 2015 / 11:41 pm

    Great ending:
    “The mosaic we piece together, joining
    And breaking, joining and


  2. Mary September 4, 2015 / 2:03 am

    What a beautiful place to fall in love. I enjoyed all of the details. I felt as if I was right with you.


  3. kanzensakura September 4, 2015 / 2:24 am

    Oh how I enjoyed being in that place with you. I feel all smiles at being in such a place and finding love.


  4. thotpurge September 4, 2015 / 2:56 am

    Joining and breaking… very nicely done.


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) September 4, 2015 / 4:27 am

    I particularly like how you’ve used alliteration to get that rhythm of walking in place.. Sometimes I feel like I’m stumbling and sometimes I can raise my eyes and meet that wonderful view.. Excellent work.


  6. Sanaa Rizvi September 4, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Skipped across smooth streams that flowed
    Down to trees danced under, all
    Wet from rains and whistling,

    Such a beautiful poem..!! Several vibrant images here.. the above are my favorite 🙂
    Well penned!


  7. hypercryptical September 4, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Beautifully penned – thanks for taking me there.
    Anna :o]


  8. MarinaSofia September 5, 2015 / 6:32 am

    The ‘broken’ nature of the mosaic and the relationship reflected perfectly in those inverted sentences with very interesting line breaks. Particularly fond of the ending.


  9. katiemiafrederick September 6, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    kNow no’s n0w tapEstry LiFe..
    Senses Feelings so True
    Waves pArticles
    Free Fields


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