Friday, December 27, 2013

Selfie



Let me look with my third eye
and see without seeing.
Let me Bardot in the bamboo,
selfie, and send it on.
Let me like
without loving -
swift and shallow,
the keeping current.
I am alien in skin,
and the frontier is alone.

For Hannah's prompt at Real Toads

27 comments:

TALON said...

Oooo...this is interesting, Mama Zen....and very ethereal.

gila_mon said...

"Let me Bardot in the bamboo, / selfie," I hear Brigette Bardot as a verb and love it! the selfie and the frontier is alone are so perfect.

manicddaily said...

Very cool poem for bamboo--It may be quick growing but so very strong--you have that swiftness and strength here-- and the idea of just renewing and renewing--which it does so amazingly--liking but not loving--all very cleverly done and so truly thoughtful. T hanks, MZ. k.

grapeling said...

commentary on commentating, perhaps? I also like Bardot as a verb ~

hedgewitch said...

Last line makes the poem, already well on its way, settle in for the duration.

Fireblossom said...

This reminds me of that old song by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, about drown me in the shallow water before I get too deep.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This speaks so clearly about the throwaway nature of so much social interaction these days, and yet this narrator has more going on than a cursory glance might suggest. In trying to know herself, even capture a pose in a selfie, she seems alien to herself and very much alone.

This is a tragic portrait, and all too applicable.

Robert Bourne said...

this needs to be read a time or two.. there is a great deal in the undercurrent of this poem... great piece....

Brian Miller said...

ha. i like bardot as a verb...surface skimming the love pool keeps the attachments off....

Björn said...

Bringing in the selfie in this.. really great choice together with Bardot as a verb..

Gail said...

I can connect with this...very well done.

Other Mary said...

"Let me like without loving -
Swift and shallow,
the keeping current.
I am alien in skin,"

Love this!

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Oh wow--Bardot in the bamboo--love this!

Grace said...

Terrific title and words MZ ~

Outlawyer said...

You might like an article in today's New York Times--James Franco writing about the selfie. He mainly writes of people wanting attention-- something I guess he knows about! But it is sort of interesting. Thanks MZ. K.

Hannah said...

Intriguing point of view for sure...I love the mid-section...like without loving/swift and shallow/the keeping current...interesting. Thank you for writing, MZ!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

"Bardot in the bamboo" - I'm not familiar with the term and my mind is galloping off in all directions at once.

Vandana Sharma said...

a very nicely taken selfie!

Sumana Roy said...

closing lines touch.....

blueoran.wordpress.com said...

You nailed another one -- so much ambivalent truth in this snap, almost taken on the run, read so quickly one has to track back and figure out just what peeked out from the bamboo. The modern intrusion into this holy glade is exactly like writing poems in the digital age. You're batting with bamboo here and still clearing the fences.

Lorraine said...

as in Brigitte, cool...the third eye allows to love even if you don't like in any way you write it, it amazes me, always and I never know the prompt and knowing it wouldn't make any difference..

Sioux said...

I agree with Hedgewitch. That last line is haunting and really finishes up your poem perfectly.

Helen said...

Ahhhhhhh, one of your finest!

Marian said...

ooooh, Bardot as a verb? in the same verse as "selfie," even? you slay me.

Sam Edge said...
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Sam Edge said...

This is really good. Such and interesting use of Bardot

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is a spectacular poem. I love it!!!!! Especially the closing lines. And the photo is gorgeous.