Stage

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Gathered beneath
a tick-tock sky
Strangers by name,
friends on the street

Blue in the face,
stiff upper lip
Cobblestone seats,
warm with the sun

Evening show
takes center stage
The players speak
unwritten lines

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Photo: Covent Garden, London, c.b.w. 2005
Words: c.b.w. 2014
Inspiration: Covent Garden is often the stage for street performers and is always full of people. Between performances and people watching, there’s never a dull moment.

Treasure

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Caught in ripples,
emerald waves
Fluid treasure,
glides in plain view

Peridot trees,
deep ruby leaves
Precious metal,
rooted in stone

Pale, pale onyx,
amethyst sky
Sought after gem,
an orb of gold

 

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Photo: Regent’s Park, London, c.b.w. 2011
Words: c.b.w. 2014
Inspiration: The contrast of color – gray skies and a brightly colored garden.

Angel

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A tired, old path
fighting the grass
Rainy day soot,
blackens the walls
Dry, wrinkled skin,
hides empty pews

The angel watches,
arching her wings
Lattice and lace,
dripping in white
Faith’s last bastion
drips from her face

 

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Photo: A street in Prague, Czech Republic, c.b.w. 2008
Words: c.b.w. 2014
Inspiration: The juxtaposition of an aging church and a beautiful piece of refurbished architecture. Can you spot the angel?