Olive Branches in the Old Country

..
Hear the old men laugh, fool
-hardy and humming
to the dark needlework of
………………….stars.

Their ancient method scars
the sky, sweeps stolen shine
under the welcome mat.

Their teeth are cold
dominoes tumbling
like bleached stones, black
sheep, apples fallen
not
quite
far
enough.

 

 

.
whirligiggled.

 

 

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11 Responses to Olive Branches in the Old Country

  1. Candy says:

    Outstanding! Love “sweeps stolen shine under the welcome mat”

  2. oldegg says:

    There is always sadness when returning to ones roots. It is the same but different and seeing the changes you momentarily regret having left while still holding fast fond memories.

  3. Mr. Walker says:

    Always a delight to read your poems. Love that second stanza!

  4. drnurit says:

    Great write, De!

  5. Well, the old have much to offer us, if only we would pause to listen. No problems, after all, are ever really novel, but the same drama that has been played out before.
    The image of their teeth is really good. As well as the sweeping of the shine under the mat.

  6. Jane Dew says:

    I love these:

    “Their ancient method scars
    the sky”

    “Their teeth are cold
    dominoes tumbling
    like bleached stones, black”

    I love your Biblical references. Your title gives a nod to the Flood, but the Old Country you’re referring to is Eden … none of us has fallen far enough from that apple tree. We’re still nibbling at it, all the while blaming Adam and Eve for our own destruction.

  7. C.C. says:

    “the dark needlework of stars”—oooh, this is absolutely priceless imagery. I love it 🙂

  8. I shall never look at the stars and see them in the same way again! Delightful.
    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

  9. Jae Rose says:

    Sometimes we feel stuck in our toiling and place…the teeth somehow made me think of grave stones…which only added to the sense that those apples need to fall a little further in the next generation

  10. DELL CLOVER says:

    Your work is always uniquely creative–what style!

  11. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    How much farther, do you suppose, would be far enough? 😉

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