Sunday, November 6, 2011

Moored

She was moored, tied up for good, bogged down, laid low, swamped, flattened, vegetable and mired. Cathy came to her funeral, and Heathcliff, the sisters Brontë, and even – it was said – the reclusive brothers Bell, who wrote. Thrushes sang to cover curates, who talked behind the church about their livings. Her admirers subscribed to lay a wreath upon her stone and, ’cross the centuries, acorns leapt up into oaks to view it. The scrollwork pleased them, as did the little stone leaf canopy that shielded her from the coral spread of liverworts and lichens. Her vessel rested in peace.

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30 comments:

  1. I am truly speechless.......

    Brilliant, mate........
    Absolutely brilliant...........

    (More, please.......) ;)

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  2. Was Christina Rossetti there too?

    Better by far you should forget and smile
    Than that you should remember and be sad.

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  3. "...acorns leapt up into oaks to view it"...oh...that's nice...

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  4. Mimi is speechless? Me too! What an imagination. Pure brilliance.

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  5. Great use of the entire picture in this prompt. Wonderful title and fantastic closing.

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  6. This is beautiful. I love both the imagery and the fanciful mix of fictional and non-fictional funeral attendees.

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  7. Dear Kathy: "Bronte sisters" and "the reclusive brothers Bell" were at her funeral, definitley in good company. The Victorian funerary references allude to this story's memorable ambience. Chiccoreal

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  8. Thank you for your comments, Magpie Tale tellers! I adore the Christina Rossetti quote. The human attendees of course wore Victorian mourning jewellery out of hair and jet, and went on afterward to a goblin market.

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  9. I almost forgot to classify the real from fiction. This is a great take on the prompt.

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  10. very well written, great images created for us. I like the 'moored' and Moore link. Well written indeed.
    Jamie

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  11. Such a lovely, creative, clever piece of writing. I find myself drawn into its story, wanting to know more ... Moore.

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  12. She really must have been something to warrant such a rich mixture of visitors..well deserved, the shielding canopy..moored, indeed!

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  13. nice...really fine word play to link the pic with moored..the acorns leaping up into trees to view it as well is a fine touch...very well played

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  14. I like the perspective. For some reason the wreath and those who chipped in pleased me!
    Thanks and nice to meet you!

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  15. Acorns leapt up into oaks to view it.

    !!!

    I love that!

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  16. Exquisite piece, Kathy. Love the way you weave fantasy in your writing.

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