Monday, April 16, 2012

Terracotta Heat

Tile roofs glow
in terracotta heat.
Summer, an oven
set on broil,
burns skin
to a pomegranate red.

A fairytale wedding
of bouquets and white tulle
wilts in the August sun.

Pass the wine,
 the blood,
 the tears,
fantasy has been
the virgin sacrifice.

Ever after has begun
in hell’s furnace.
Raise a toast,
say a prayer
that passion
has not been
burnt into ashes.


©Susie Clevenger 2012

34 comments:

Dave King said...

This engages on several levels. The penultimate stanza particularly,very moving.

Lucy Westenra said...

I'll pass, then.

Other Mary said...

Oh Susie, you've really hit the mark - all the storybook romance story expectations that are in large part responsible for our epic divorce rate. And you've done it so artfully. Love the lines, 'fantasy has been the virgin sacrifice' and 'Ever after has begun/in hell's furnace'

Mama Zen said...

Wow! I love your take on this!

Kutamun said...

Terracotta Virgins Burning Passions , shall never be mere ashes

Paige + Shauna said...

gorgeous your poem echoes the
surreal, dreamy quality of the
painting.

Tess Kincaid said...

Yes yes yes. Excellent. The third stanza is especially striking.

Helen said...

Your Mag is playing out in my mind ~ somewhere in the Tuscan countryside. I loved this!!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Whoa! Fantastic! A wedding wilting in the sun, and a prayer that passion hasnt burnt into ashes. I love it.

Margaret said...

the ending is powerful and I love the use of pomegranate... They are a poetic fruit!

Carrie Burtt said...

This is beautiful Susie!!

zongrik said...

that roof does look like it could be part of hell's furnace

Brian Miller said...

i hope that passion lingers just a bit...the heat though will surely suck it out of you...

Laurie Kolp said...

I love the sound of terracotta heat... and I'm ready for it.

Claudia said...

Pass the wine,
the blood,
the tears....just love the intensity in this...

Mark Windham said...

excellent take, mine went much darker. Very good.

Daydreamertoo said...

Oh, I hope passion is never burned to ashes, what would we do without it ;)
Lovely interpretation of the pic.

Beachanny said...

The poem unwraps and reveals in each line. The sense of an Italian village occurred to me, and then came the universal applications - fantasy to heated reality. Marriage at best is no realization of that fantasy, but at best it is something more fulfilling. Sadly most are not "best" and many are the "worse". Wonderful work. Loved it!

Heaven said...

Wow, such a powerful take on the picture...I like the third stanza ~

Helena said...

Deep and passionate. I felt the red soaring through the read.

Zouxzoux said...

Strong and bitter - the way I drink my coffee. Well written.

henry clemmons said...

Nice arriage of verse and image. I love that paricular painting. And your strokes with perfect word choices and line work were/are just as masterful.

hedgewitch said...

Whoa--dark and smashingly alive little tale. I often have these kind of thoughts at weddings, having watched that red roof burn the house down so many times. Excellent and original poem.

Semaphore said...

You mined that Chagall painting for every bit of ore and precious metal that you could find, and you've fashioned that metal into a fine ornament of a poem.

Fred Rutherford said...

Oh what a marvelous piece. Love how the inspiration from the painting found you here. The sentiments ended on is especially strong. Thanks

Ginny Brannan said...

You have captured the image quite well, putting your own unique spin on it with your words. Well penned, Susie!

Yvonne Osborne said...

I like the pomegranate red and white tulle. Rich in colors is the painting and just as much so your poem. Passion lives!

Hannah said...

Such color and emotion spilling forth from your words, gorgeous interpretation of this, Susie!

poemsofhateandhope said...

Susie- this was really interesting - on ozone hand I got the celebration of the wedding, on the other, I got a notion of love and passion fading too quickly, burning out almost- this was clever word trickery! See i love poetry like this- engaging, thought provoking- I might be missing the point- but great that words can create such challenging thoughts- nicely played!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Excellent take on the prompt - penultimate stanza magnificent.

Anna :o]

PattiKen said...

Interesting take on the Chagall painting. The final stanza is is particularly powerful.

ayala said...

Love this!

Tigerbrite said...

I could feel the heat. Well done. Reminded me of August here in Spain just as the pomegranates are ripening.

Jinksy said...

Raise a toast,
say a prayer
that passion
has not been
burnt into ashes.

I'll second that!