Sunday, February 16, 2014

February 16, 2014 The Sunday Whirl/ The Safe

The Sunday Whirl/ Prompt: safe, support, virus, party, safe, court,
frame, later, mind, tricks, brave, wages

The Safe
Was huge
At least six feet
It was grey
And resided
In the center
Of the house
It kept secure
All manner of things
Things important
Things forgotten
Things I hoped
Would be safe

Only once
Someone tried
To open it
But it would take
A professional

There are some things
A safe cannot keep safe
One day everything
Was lost
Had no need of a
Great big old safe
Had nothing left
To keep safe

A turning point
On the playing court
Of life
A cruel trick
Probably happens in
Many lives

The life
I worked so
Hard to build
Was only a
House-of-cards
An illusion
The party over
I sold the safe
But I remember
A time
When I thought
Things and people
Could be kept safe









12 comments:

Jae Rose said...

The dimensions of the safe are alarming..I wonder if locking things up keeps people safe or if it is what goes on outside the box..love and safety are messy and difficult to keep closed up and safe..I think we can though x

Belva Rae Staples said...

The life

I worked so

Hard to build

Was only a

House-of-cards

An illusion

The party over

I sold the safe

But I remember

A time

When I thought

Things and people

Could be kept safe

This is so true! We can't control much of anything in life and can't keep loved ones or things safe. It is all just an illusion.

Laurie Kolp said...

It kept secure
All manner of things
Things important
Things forgotten
Things I hoped
Would be safe

Funny how things we think important enough to store away can be so easily forgotten.

litwist said...

It's true.. sometimes holding on tighter just makes things slip away. We're fools like that at times, humans.

Lila

Misky said...

So true, so true.

courting-disaster said...

The more we hold on tightly, the more easily we forget that empty open hands are the only kind ready to receive whatever is given. Loved this thoughtful and wise examination of a universal reality, my friend. I really like where the words took you Annell,

Elizabeth

Robyn Greenhouse said...

You've worked an amazing poem with these words. Makes me really stop to think what's important in life and how to keep them safe, if you can.

flaubert said...

Love the meaning behind this, Annell. I feel just that way at this moment.

Pamela

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh me, too, kiddo, and it was losing everything - more than once - that taught me the only safe things are what's kept within.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Finally, I'm able to comment, after a grueling day's travel.

Illusion. Yes. And yet we gullible humans keep falling for it over and over again. Will we ever learn?

S.E.Ingraham said...

This poem is haunting, just haunting. There is so much here that I find chilling and disturbing...not the least of which is the image of a huge Safe that cannot keep anything , let alone everything, safe. As flaubert says, the poem makes me feel just that way in the moment...vulnerable, violated, totally, totally, unsafe.

http://thepoet-tree-house.blogspot.ca/2014/02/just-simple-working-girl.html

Jules said...

Children like to believe they are safe. That first moment when Dad isn't a Prince. So hard to swallow. And yet then we learn to honor our parents for what they were able to give.

Thanks for your visit. Still looking for robins! ~Jules