Women in the Photograph

Women in the photograph
Do not smile and do not laugh.
“Bones,” they croak, “are fine when brown.
Can we buy some in your town?”
Skin of language, weight of air,
Ravens weaving patterns there
In the presence of your friends—
See the way the sunlight bends?

Poem © by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #207
More Poetry Pantry #445 at Poets United

Posted on March 31, 2019, in Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Kestril Trueseeker

    Sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale.

  2. You have captured “truth,” in your poem.

  3. I love the croaking women, and the ravens. Wonderful!

  4. This seems to me like the recipe of a potion of some kind.

    Reminds me of Macbeth a bit…

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble

  5. It sounds like a prologue to a best selling thriller dystopian novel! 😍😍😍


    I can see the ravens weaving and the sunlight bending. Intrigued by shopping for brown bones. Soup?

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Brown-bone soup has possibilities, don’t you think? 🙂

      On Sun, Mar 31, 2019 at 10:28 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  7. There’s definitely magic in this poetic incantation! Perhaps to bind the people in the photograph together?

  8. Not sure I understood the first one (noting my “artistic” ignorance : ) the second one was clear and understood. I did enjoy reading both. Thanks…

  9. I like this. I read it a few times and enjoyed the words, the magic and the mystery. Nice.

  10. Wonderful spell-esque chant-esque story-book piece that closes with nuanced wisdom. Love it!

  11. I can see the black garbed women glancing around looking everywhere for butcher or morgue perhaps/!

  12. Oooh! that first stanza is so… deliciously eerie. It leaves me wanting to see the women in the photos, saying those words, under that bright of that bend of light…

  13. skin of language…. makes me think!

  14. Ooh, you’re getting very magical and mysterious here! 🙂

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