Monday, November 28, 2011

Red Fabric Silence



Alone,
tattered beauty
now seating for homeless;
upholstery hiding secrets
in red fabric
silence.

Comfort
for the broken
living in a nightmare
of hunger and cardboard housing,
while blessed view it
garbage.

Concrete
reality cries,
“Please don’t let me die here.”
Humanity gives its answer
with resounding
silence.


©Susie Clevenger
Photograph: Christine Donnier-Valentin
 Magpie Tales Photo Prompt # 93

                                               

17 comments:

Michelle My Bell said...

Deep... The images of the homeless curled up on the red sofa came to mind- as with different "secrets" it may hold.
Quite creative Susie (((hugs)))

Sheila Moore said...

Oh yes, silence- I agree.

Rene Foran said...

I'm feeling very sorry for this sofa...and for all of the sofas I've left behind.

This is beautiful, Susie.

Jinksy said...

Humanity gives its answer
with resounding
silence.

Which is a very loud noise...

Ginny Brannan said...

Powerful last line here:

"...Humanity gives its answer
with resounding
silence."

A lot of truth in your take of this abandoned red sofa. Thanks for sharing.

Helen said...

Strong writing ... any of the stanzas would stand on its own.

Carrie Burtt said...

This abandoned sofa does represent so much hurt....this is beautiful Susie! :-)

Brian Miller said...

dang that last stanza is awesome...stings but it is awesome...very nice piece...

♥●• İzdihër •●♥ said...

THIS IS AMAZING AND DEEP.

anthonynorth said...

This brings out society's failings excellently.

Doctor FTSE said...

So full of sympathy for an abandoned sofa.

Olive Tree said...

This red couch speaks the same voice to both of us and seems to be evoking the same emotions too. What a powerful image. I enjoyed reading your poem. It is deep. I love the comparison you made between the two worlds viewing the same couch differently. Thank you for stopping by to mine too.

kaykuala said...

Yes Susie, we just wonder what secrets there are that are left untold.

Hank

Mary Ann Potter said...

A very well-done poem, so consistent in its imagery and form. An impressive response to the photograph!

Jotter Girl said...

Poor thing, little red. Too bad it can't use those secrets as a little leverage to get back into the house.

thingy said...

You have written so beautifully what I had thought, too about this image. Well done.

zongrik said...

Humanity gives its answer
with resounding
silence. -> very deep