Power-lines

 

transtower

Totemic

 

Where once we stood

In trunks of wood

The cedar scarred

For shame and show;

In colours loud

We towered proud–

All spirits of the

Winds that blow.

 

Now monoliths

Of metal rise

In place of us

Vibrating wild;

Through cables cold

The armature

Transmits its evil–

Steel, unmild.

Kathleen Mortensen©2009

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26 thoughts on “Power-lines

  1. Very powerful, Kat. “All spirits of the winds that blow” — is wonderful. A perfect photo to go with it; I assume the grid is connected to a nuclear power station? We have the same here but they come from hydro.

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  2. Really like the poem a lot, & the photo is a good companion piece. Say, how did you get the follower “widget” to do what you got it to do? That sure looks a lot better than the “new & improved” version Blogger cooked up.

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  3. Thanks Ann. I always appreciate your thoughtful comments.John – Glad you liked it. Re: the follower widget A couple of weeks ago I dragged it into the middle slot under my posts (more to keep myself from fixating on it), but I haven't touched it since. It's stretched because of its position at the bottom of the page.Kat

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  4. I love the poem — the contrast of the power of the cedars and the power of the metal monoliths is really brilliant, as is the idea that these are totems.I love the way these lines sound:Where once we stood in trunks of woodThe cedar scarred For shame and show;In colours loud We towered proud –All spirits of the Winds that blow.Beautiful.

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  5. Lyn, I know! What about nasty cell phones too?Thank you Sandy. Nor would I.Thanks Isabel. Your comments mean much to me. I'm so glad you like it.Dianne – I really appreciate your words.Karen – Coming from a poet such as yourself, I am very pleased you felt this way.Kat

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  6. Lyn, I know! What about nasty cell phones too?Thank you Sandy. Nor would I.Thanks Isabel. Your comments mean much to me. I'm so glad you like it.Dianne – I really appreciate your words.Karen – Coming from a poet such as yourself, I am very pleased you felt this way.Kat

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  7. Thanks Shari! I'm glad you liked both. When I found the photo, I just knew it was right. (Only wish I'd taken it.)PV – Imposing is right – and ominous in their way, I feel.Kat

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  8. This poem touches my heart. It's so sad to see how the forests get displaced in the name of “progress.” You have so many beautiful lines. In particular, these jumped out at me:”Now monolithsOf metal riseIn place of usVibrating wild;”Monoliths is a perfect way to describe it. Awesome picture, too.

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  9. Neetzy – Thanks! I'm so pleased you got it!Julie – Monoliths really felt like the only word to describe the massiveness of them and to give a sense of doom. Thanks for your generous comment.Jeannelle – I know, it's a real dichotomy, but the fact is, they very well may be an insidious cause of illness. So, we have to decide what's more important – the power or our lives?Kat

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