Thursday, January 29, 2015

Trium Liberorum



image borrowed from abstract.desktopnex


Trium Liberorum

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed with new blood
from time to time.”--Thomas Jefferson.



image by buttkus

Burly bolts
finally pull through
eroded & neglected
fire-damaged bricks; abandoned, surely
forgotten. 

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image by buttkus

Alone on
a side track, the tall
locomotive was obliged
to remain still; arrogant, proudly
posing there. 

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It can be
very difficult to
capture a train inside your
vehicle, without a camera;
believe me. 


Glenn Buttkus

Posted over on dVerse Poets MTB

Would you like to hear the author read these Maude Cinquains to you?

26 comments:

rumoursofrhyme said...

Love these, Glenn. Really playful use of a slightly less restrictive form than the traditional cinquain. THanks for playing.

Tony

PS - love your photos too ... smiles

Björn Rudberg said...

Ha.. You had fun here Glenn.. love those burly bolts.. :-)

Mary said...

I enjoyed your collection. The third one especially made me smile. Oh, so true.

Gabriella said...

Once again I really like how you use photos and forms together when we write short poems. You make us see what otherwise we would ignore.

Marina Sofia said...

Well, that last one was very heartfelt... I could almost taste your frustration! Nice combination of word and image. I especially liked the alliteration of 'burly bolts'.

Brian Miller said...

ha. i bet the train feels pretty useless right now with nothing to do....smiles...i love trains though...and old crumbling buildings...it is why downtown is my fav area...but it is sad too that so much texture is wasted on neglect....

Kathy Reed said...

Capturing an object from inside a closed window is never easy..much less without a good camera. Love the shots of the train and the eroding building...stories behind these would make great cascading cinquains!

howanxious said...

Such an enjoyable read. My favorite has to be the second one. A really cool personification in that one.
-HA

kanzensakura.com said...

No only did you have fun, you showed us the things we would tend to ignore. I have a hard time choosing which of these three I like most. Burly Bolts...sounds like one of those fiber filled healthy cereals! :-)

debispoems said...

I like them all but I think my fav is the second. He just looks arrogant.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

A wonderful collection - the third mad me giggle!
Anna :o]

Wolfsrosebud said...

bit of a train buff... are you... amazing how in a smaller piece each word counts... yours counted well

Sabio Lantz said...

great fun with your photos
Loved the arrogant red fella

lynndiane said...

You stayed on the tracks with this short form, Glenn! My oldest is a railroad engineer so I enjoyed the train cinquain...especially last verse (just open the back doors and let the train through ;)

JodetteP said...

Love how that train was just "posing there", it's quite majestic when you think about it :) Loving the short poetry!

quest4peas said...

capturing a train from within a vehicle...without a camera...yes, that does indeed sound challenging.

bwfiction said...

To me, I liked that you had the old rundown building and the car, the old and new, and then the train which is both an old and new method of transportation.

Lydia said...

I was a little girl who had an ho gauge train set with a figure-8 track that I loved beyond description. Therefore, your Cinquains and photos absolutely made my night. I am up way too late and think I will end my reading with your post, in hopes of dreaming of a trip by rail. Thank you, Glenn!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I like the urban nature of these.

Gerry Snape said...

oh!...these are different!...great...thankyou.

Margaret said...

I do enjoy the Amtrak… love taking it to D.C. This red one really is handsome. Old crumbling buildings - they were built with pride once - and so lonely when falling down. Nice capture - it's hard to write with heart under such restrictions - at least for me it is.

dkirkstokes said...

Trains and crumbling buildings speak of our history, and something of our future as well. I hope to make a trip on the Alaska Railroad this year.

lindakruschke said...

I like your description of the lonely, arrogant train in the second one. Peace, Linda

Grandmother (Mary) said...

Your three verses paint a picture of the train from different perspectives and the last one made me smile.

kaykuala said...

Still very much great pics Glenn! And they do appear arrogant!

Hank

Anna Chamberlain said...

Love trains, rust, and all things ruinous so these were right up my alley. Great work to form!