Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Seems It Was Yesterday


This underground place reminds me of a canyon, its substance being emptied by water passing through. I took the picture while at Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I wrote the poem two days later, north of my memories.


Seems it was yesterday
he came riding
on a chestnut wild horse,
fingers twined in black shaggy
mane that had already seen deserts,
ravines, rivers high daring,
"Ford me, if you think you
are man enough for mountain
water old as Geronimo, painted
red canyon raging." Seems it
was yesterday, he traveled
through time to meet me
on the other side.

This poem is also in honor of One Shot Wednesday.

Underground Chasm photo at Ruby Falls, by L.L. Barkat.

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Blogger Brian Miller said...

a beautiful picture...and a dreamcatcher of a poem...took me there, wehere i have never been. nicely played oneshot!

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

I follow the work of a photographer who shoots in Tennessee's caves. He's made some amazing images in what is dangerous terrain. Did you know there is a cavern beneath the Lincoln Memorial? I don't know if tours are still offered but if they are they are not to be missed.

Nice poem, LL. The horse and rider are vivid.

8:32 PM  
Blogger moondustwriter said...

Now that is some nice riding (and writng) pardner.
love the poems that take you back and leave a nice glow...

Glad it is glowing on One Shot

Moon smiles

9:14 PM  
Blogger CM said...

Great shot! Love the poem, but you know what my favorite line was...the part about writing the poem "two days later, north of my memories." So cool! :-)

10:12 PM  
Blogger Desert Rose said...

I enjoyed the idea..and i particularly loved that first line.."two days later, north of my memories..:) BRILLIANT one..:)

10:51 PM  
Blogger Jennifer A. said...

I like the poem. Favorite line, "It seems it was yesterday." I could think of so many nostalgic things of today that feels like yesterday.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Bill Cook said...

I enjoyed reading this. It does lead me into a different time and place. - Bill

11:20 PM  
Blogger signed...bkm said...

lovely read...can feel the color...bkm

12:25 AM  
Blogger dustus said...

Great picture, and glad you say where it's from. I went to a an underground cavern in Townsend, Rock Top... brought back memories of living in Knoxville. The picture complements the poem well, a vivid sense of being there. thanks for sharing a great One Shot!

1:05 AM  
Blogger John (@bookdreamer) said...

Evocative story image linked to interesting picture. Mine is I’m the beast that you fear, in the shadows of night

5:04 AM  
Blogger Marshy said...

i kinda feel like i am cheating you by commenting on the picture but that was a wonderful shot..the poem was also a fantastic piece, wanted me to climb on-board and take me back to my youth, riding bareback across the fields..cheers pete

5:57 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

wow - the picture and the poem
love the challenging sound of it
....Ford me, if you think you
are man enough for mountain
water...and i wonder if i would be woman enough to ford mountain water...

5:59 AM  
Blogger Louise Gallagher said...

Being a western girl 'n all, this poem rocks my saddle! and the photo is beautiful.

I also like your line, two days later, north of my memories...


8:23 AM  
Blogger Glynn said...

It was yesterday that he traveled through time. Nice one, L.L.

10:59 AM  
Blogger TALON said...

I love the imagery in this. You packed a lot of punch in a few words - a true journey with words.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Marcus Goodyear said...

Nice one! I especially like the voice of the river.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Beachanny said...

In the tradition of great cowboy poetry. Wasn't sure it weren't two old cowboys like Call and Gus in Lonesome Dove you were talkin' 'bout here...that's some love story too. Great writing. Thanks.

11:38 AM  
Blogger PattiKen said...

Loved the ride. You are a real poet, even in your opening comments. I love the "two days later, north of my memories" and I see I'm not alone.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Tess Kincaid said...

Gorgeously evocative. Your use of "ford" brought to mind John Ford, who made so many westerns. This was a delicious treat. Thank you.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it seems like yesterday
or last friday
for sure
or for maybe

here is my link
for the random acts of poetry



12:44 PM  

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