Late


People waiting.
A child’s balloon deflated, swept into corner of train station

Wrinkles work their way into hands and faces
Like wedges of sky cutting into life veins

The world grows its definition.

I alone remain
Like a lucid laughter in the light rain.

©2017, Amaya Engleking

Today at dVerse, De requests a 44-word quadrille poem including the word “balloon.”

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27 comments

  1. Singledust · 27 Days Ago

    Like wedges of sky cutting into life veins – this is so definitive of life in so many ways. The big picture demanding to overtake the inconsequential things of life. The images you have created with your words are achingly sad yet so tender in its wake.

    • Gospel Isosceles · 27 Days Ago

      Rather than inconsequential I would say the minutiae that comprises life. I am very grateful for your expressing how this poem made you feel.

      • Singledust · 27 Days Ago

        yes certainly a better word to describe it – thank you for your lovely words.

  2. whimsygizmo · 27 Days Ago

    Oh, my. These lines are so powerful:
    “Wrinkles work their way into hands and faces
    Like wedges of sky cutting into life veins”

    Wonderful.

  3. frankhubeny · 27 Days Ago

    I also liked the lines about the wrinkles as well as “lucid laughter”.

  4. Glenn Buttkus · 27 Days Ago

    So much to like in this piece; your last line(s) are killer. The lost balloon somehow touches me, as people seem helpless to capture or save it.

    • Gospel Isosceles · 27 Days Ago

      Something that once brought so much joy, now ruined and abandoned. It can happen to people too.

  5. Waltermarks · 27 Days Ago

    The wrinkles line, “Wrinkles work their way into hands and faces
    Like wedges of sky cutting into life veins”, is such a powerful metaphor. We can’t capture or save the envelope of time we are wrapped in. We must deflate like the balloon, beautiful!

    • Gospel Isosceles · 27 Days Ago

      Yes, our change is inevitable, but utter destruction is not. I think it mostly sad when people think the end of this life is the end.

  6. Victoria C. Slotto · 27 Days Ago

    You are so good at sensory detail, description. Love this as a metaphor.

  7. thotpurge · 27 Days Ago

    Oh this is great.. my favourite quadrille so far today!

  8. foreverisreallytomorrow · 27 Days Ago

    I love this! This imagery is amazing.

    • Gospel Isosceles · 26 Days Ago

      Thanks for reading and following; I look forward to more of your writings…

  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) · 27 Days Ago

    The imagery of this piece is excellent. Some days it seems that the whole world is set against us.

    • Gospel Isosceles · 27 Days Ago

      Exactly. This poem is all about the feeling of being left behind.

  10. maria · 27 Days Ago

    “a lucid laughter in the light rain” ~ hmm.. i’ll be thinking of this piece whenever I’m alone. Well done!

  11. kim881 · 26 Days Ago

    Ooh, such a poignant image of loneliness at a railway station. I love the lines:
    ‘Wrinkles work their way into hands and faces
    Like wedges of sky cutting into life veins’
    and the simile:
    ‘lucid laughter in the light rain’..

  12. My goodness this is incredibly beautiful writing!❤️ Especially “Wrinkles work their way into hands and faces. Like wedges of sky cutting into life veins. The world grows its definition” left me in complete and absolute awe!!❤️ Kudos!

  13. kaykuala h · 26 Days Ago

    The world revolves around and continues its journey and life goes on perhaps with a little laughter here and there despite the conflicts!

    Hank

  14. Cheryl Ruffing · 26 Days Ago

    There are some great images in this, Amaya, and I love those last two lines.

  15. Beverly Crawford · 26 Days Ago

    Eloquent vignettes of life.

  16. Grace · 26 Days Ago

    Each line is stellar ~ I love the entire piece ~

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