Furrowed Soul

“Somewhere in Between” by Anne Worner

Written for Mindlovemisery Hi everyone! It’s Pat here (clothespeggedpat)
“Where does your imagination lead you when you look at this fascinating portrait?”
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Somewhere between sanity and seen too much,
between poverty and plenty, hard work and respite,
a hard rock and a soft shoulder, and all things such
there lives a soul wearied by tides of fortune despite
his good luck and he’s taken life in his spritely stride
as you can see by the lines that crisscross his face
laughter lives near the surface as long and as wide
as a draught of stout ale and God’s good grace.

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15 responses to “Furrowed Soul

  1. I love the way you have summed him up with such clarity in the images you create Debi……his is a face that conjures so many stories…enjoyed your poem….

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  2. clothespeggedpat

    Debi … this a simply amazing piece of poetry that encompasses such depth and perceptions … with lines that leave me breathless in their beauty ….

    “as you can see by the lines that crisscross his face
    laughter lives near the surface as long and as wide
    as a draught of stout ale and God’s good grace.”

    Such grace as defined by your lines and words – I think you have honoured this character, this man, with great dignity.

    Cheers
    Pat

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  3. Lines that could be seen as shop-worn, bitter-bought, now the signs of a life well-lived and loved.
    “Brilliantly portrayed,” she commented, still scanning your words and his face.

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  4. I love how you have created the life between the opposites.. sometimes I feel that there is exactly we live… like Dickens wrote in “A Tale of Two Cities”… it was the best of times, it was the worst of times … like you write:

    Somewhere between sanity and seen too much,
    between poverty and plenty, hard work and respite,

    excellent poetry Debi.

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  5. A wonderful poem full of empathy and insight.

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    • Cressida, I can’t post on your site. I recently updated to windows 10 and wonder if that has anything todo with. I can post on Sherry’s or Kerry’s either though I could all of them before. Any ideas that might help?
      I loved your picture and poem – I agree it IS a miracle.

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  6. A compact and apt description. I can see my grandfathers in your words.

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  7. It takes a lot of grace to make it as far as this man has.

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  8. I could not stop staring at this gentleman’s face … stunning. Your words complete the image.

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  9. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    Great face! And great empathy in your observations.

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  10. Well, you had me with “Somewhere between sanity and seen too much.” Exactly perfect.

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  11. Nice. I love how you wrap this up, your last lines.

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