Sunday Small Stone

one paper bag
covers tempera pink
petals with brown

before they brown
covering the concrete
that rapidly dampens

in circles of darker
gray than the clouds

I love writing small stones.


8 comments for “Sunday Small Stone

  1. May 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    really nice progression in this…i like how the brown carries over stanzas…nice imagery along the way as well..enchanting little piece…

    • ekswitaj
      May 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks, Brian. I think brown is the most overlooked color of spring.

      • May 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        If you live in central NC where azaleas abound, you’ll notice a day of spring when the explosions of blooms wither and turn to brown rust upon these bushes. A small reminder of the cycle of life within a cycle of life. With so much color, beauty, and blossoming, we are reminded of our fragility and evanescence.

        • ekswitaj
          May 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm

          Yes. Flowers do this all over.

          Are you familiar with the idea of wabi-sabi?

  2. May 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    nice…i like the images you use…the paper bag…the petals turning brown and covering the concrete…you paint a vivid picture here with few lines..

    • ekswitaj
      May 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you, Claudia!

  3. May 2, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Rich and vibrant in the brown as you say a forgotten color but it preempts the new birth and therefore is just as vibrant

  4. ekswitaj
    May 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks, Chris. It’s certainly true that without the loss of the new, nothing newer would ever emerge.

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