Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday.. Is Hindsight Really 20/20??

"Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves."
~T. S. Eliot

"Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships." ~ Charles Simic

"Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20 - 20 hindsight. It's good for seeing where you've been. It's good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can't tell you where you ought to go."
~ Robert M. Pirsig

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~ National Lighthouse Day:
National Lighthouse Day honors and commemorates a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and

security for boats at sea. ~ Hunting Island Lighthouse..

On August 7, 1789, the Federal Government took over responsibility for building and operating our nation's lighthouses.. Recognizing the importance to ships at sea to find safe harbor during fog and storms... Through the years.. lighthouses have saved many ships.. and many lives. Lighthouses have shined their powerful, sweeping lights.. Guiding ships of all kinds to find their way to port during stormy weather. With the new technology of radar and GPS.. lighthouses have taken a back seat in guiding ships to port. However, they remain the universal symbol of safe harbor to ships and communities that rely upon the sea for their livelihood... Though I have only climbed to the top of one Lighthouse so far in my life.. I think that they are very beautiful.. and that the light keepers .. and their families.. who tended them through the darkest of nights were truly hero's..

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Saturday Centus #14- This weeks prompt is.. ~Objects in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear...

This is my first try at this Meme.. we are given a word or phrase and asked to write something one hundred words long from the prompt.. the prompt words are not counted.. we are then asked to leave our link on their blog and to PLEASE! visit the blogs of others who have also left their links... I hope you enjoy my Poem.. How wonderful is our view.. from hindsight...
Sometimes I wonder if Hindsight is really 20/20?


dust and bones.. diamonds and rust
lovers and heroes.. hearts that have gone bust
treasures buried.. promises un-kept
laughter we shared .. tears we have wept
selfish indifference.. well honed through the years
Objects in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear
the past runs behind us.. a quickened foot race
running and ruining.. our hearts can't keep pace
in foresight the lovers.. where friends once had been
then not even lovers.. and all friendship ends
ignoring.. uncaring.. till blue eyes cried dry
just waiting on better .. as decades fly by
with words and looks.. pierced to the bone
she's praying that hindsight.. won't find you alone...

Written By: Patricia Sawyer


Jenners said...

Wow .. I'm very impressed with your Saturday Centus contribution. Hard to believe you came up with this just today!!

5thsister said...

Standing ovation. Absolutely beautiful. I look forward to more from you.

Bookie said...

How nice!Poetry, a refreshing use of the promt.

Anna said...

Very well done! Impressive!
Best wishes,

Viki said...

Wow, how cool, a poem. This was really well done and so different than what we are used to seeing. Great use of the prompt. Great Centus ;-)

Vicki said...

Wow, think of how many 100 word poems you can bang out with this Centus! This one sounds like my life in poetry :)
Great use of the prompt and I hope to see you continue with us.

jfb57 said...

such an unusual take on the prompt. Love the poem idea!

Sue said...

It's never even occurred to me to write a poem with the prompt!

Nice job, Patricia...


Kat said...

Loved that you used the prompt as a foundation for a poem. I've never been comfortable writing poetry, for whatever reason, so this impresses the heck out of me. Well done!

Pblacksaw said...

Kay~ I love poems and short poems too.. I often write from word lists sent by family and friends..

Sue~ we all write what we are comfortable with I guess.. I was pressed for time.. something short..

JFB57~ I love poems.. they seem to roll off of my pen.. LOL.. well the keyboard in this case..

vicki~ yesterday.. it was my life in poetry.. I think we all write poems from what is within our own lives many times..

Viki~ I'll agree that I am different... just a poor.. poem writing.. chicken farmer here..

Anna~ thanks.. the prompt impressed me in that way..

Bookie~ Thanks.. glad you liked it..

5th sister~ I am glad you liked it.. while looking for something new I found this meme.. I needed something else to write about.. I enjoyed this first try..

Jenners~ I am part of a poetry club where we write "on demand" once each month.. someone throws a prompt out there and everyone writes for 30 minutes.. I think this poem took closer to an hour but I am pretty good at the "on demand" writing.. I practice by writing poems from things I overhear in the grocery store line or words my siblings and friends send me.. another great place to practice is they onmly give you 60 seconds though..

jeff campbell said...

This is soooo fine ;-) Not an easy line to work into a poem...well done...Peace and blessings...welcome to SC...

RockiBottom said...

Wow! This was truly fantastic. Your words have touched me deeply.

Tgoette said...

It's great to see poetry in the Saturday Centus, especially one so deep and thought provoking as yours. Excellent job tying in the prompt!

And welcome to the party!

~Lissa said...

Wow!! Your words are so thought provoking and composed beautifully. I can't wait to read more.

Koby said...

I've never attempted to write a poem.. you did a really, really nice job!!

Cheryl said...

Your poem was evocative, heartbreaking, and hopeful. Hope you decide to stick around.

Jenny said...

Patricia. Wow. This was amazing.

OK. First. I've never read this quote before: "Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships." ~ Charles Simic
- and I love it!

Next. I'm afraid. I don't think I'm funny so don't yell at me, OK?

And last.

It was very strange that Joan Baez's Diamonds and Rust was playing while I read your lovely words.

You are really a word crafter.

I am impressed.

Great use of the prompt. Thanks for linking.