Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Last Tarot

dirtworshipingypsy:

fortune teller. early 1870s

Crown of thorns.
Celtic cross.
Empty pocket eyes.
You can fill them with your future
for a shiny, silver dime.

She lays the circle, lays the staff
with quick and calloused hands
and whispers, "Would you be a god tonight,
or leave this place, a man?"

For The Sunday Mini-Challenge at Real Toads

18 comments:

satyapriya said...

Good stuff. You saw the look in her eyes.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Wow, magical in all sorts of ways!

Sioux said...

I love the rhythm of this poem... matches the photo perfectly.

Susan said...

Haha! A god, please, or a child of God.

Magaly Guerrero said...

This is a delight to read. The tone, the question, the image you've paired the words with. Just awesome.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Stunning!!❤️

kaykuala said...

Give a choice and they'll live by it. A challenge works that way.

Hank

Kerry O'Connor said...

Phew! This is an amazing poem - such impact in the telling of a tale in so few lines.

telltaletherapy said...

what an ending to a great poem! p.s. we both picked the tarot

brudberg said...

I wonder if I would dare to hear my future told.

blueoran said...

i love the askant, thrown feel of this, a cast tarot, the slant rhyme driving a beam of almost light, a skewed vertical to truth. And the crossroads, an image and its reverse totemic. Nailed it.

Debi Swim said...

It would be hard to turn her down but I think her eyes would warn me off. Well done!

Kim Russell said...

I love the language and the rhythm of this poem, Mama Zen. I agree with bllueoran, there is an askant, thrown feeling that emphasises the casting of the Tarot, with the use of slant rhyme. A great response to the prompt.

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh my, what a perfect interpretation of the image, the look in her eyes.

Samyuktha Jayaprakash said...

Like this man has a choice!

Ekta Khetan said...

Very intriguing! keep writing.

http://www.numerounity.com/2009/08/the-man-at-crossroad.html

Sara McNulty said...

You have captured her eyes and they speak volumes.

grapeling said...

perfect ~