For camellias and graves


Shade is for camellias and a state of mind
Shade is one of fifty bookworms in their vintage lace
Shade is dappled green & condom wrappers.
Shade is laurel triumphs with memento mori.
Shade is for the kings & queens, for pimps & hookers.
Shade is graves & graceful silk.
Shade is removable — replaceable like bulbs.
Shade is present in the earth and space
Shade is watered death and summer cherries.
Shade is Margarita in a plastic glass.
Shade is the political acts available for purchase
    from laundered money and the beggar’s coins.
Shade is created equal from canopies and polyester parasols.
Shade is a gunpoint love affair.
Shade isn’t just its absence but marked by presence of the sun.
Shade is ice & honey, both the cause and reason.

The three shades by Auguste Rhodin

The three shades by Auguste Rhodin


Shay wants us to do lists today at toads. I had no real list in mind but just started to reflect on shade, used a little googlism, and worked it more like an abstract painting. There should be a meaning hidden there somewhere.

May 22, 2015

23 responses to “For camellias and graves

  1. Shade is a gunpoint love affair.

    Love it! Love your creative list of the properties of shade.

  2. Kerry already quoted my favorite line, but I also like ‘Shade is watered death and summer cherries’–great line, as so many here–making a whole that has both impact and subtle music.

  3. This is ani terestingk
    list . It captures my imagination. An interesting challenge too.

  4. “…both the cause and the reason” I love that line. Enjoyed the entire piece.

    Thanks for the visit.

  5. A gloriously felt list, I especially liked :”Shade is laurel triumphs with memento mori.”, but it was a daunting task to pick something of the list that I cold “check”, all the lines are good. I like that your approach to writing this piece managed to encompass such a vast subject in such a touchable way.

  6. ” Shade is ice & honey, both the cause and reason. ” got me with this line, the juxtaposition is uncanny, an exceptionally apt end line; this is a blow mind list

    much love…

  7. Liking it, Bjorn. You finished the list in good form.
    Shade is a place where puppies and old men can catch their breath, rest, and cool.
    ..

  8. I like how, ever since your prompt on antithesis, it seems that I am more aware of it in poetry and can see the value of it and the amazing effect that it has and you have utilized it well in this piece too 🙂

  9. Oh, what a lovely list – and what a great take on the prompt.

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