Sunday, September 11, 2011

Gossamer Ties

The Revernant by Andrew Wyeth

Gossamer Ties

The image was as gossamer
Threads woven into a ghost
A spirit painted of rays
Standing still in the breeze.

It was that very stillness
That woke me
Called me from some dark dream
Held me pinned with its stillness.

I yearned for him to beckon
So willing was I to follow
To leave this life
And go into that light he was.

So still did he stand
I knew the answer was no
Be still
Your time is not yet.

I breathed out his message with the pain
Inhaled the vanishing gossamer threads
The image gone
I remained still.

And waited for morning
The gossamer ties of sun
To anchor me again to the day
To live still without him.

J. Binford-Bell
September 2011

Go to Magpie tales for other links to great poems. Tess Kincaid provided our inspiration with the Andrew Wyeth work at the beginning.


  1. Beautiful job. I love how you saw something desirable in an image I regarded as ominous.

  2. I didn't see him as negative, either. It would be a dull world if everyone saw everything the same way.
    I think you've done a great job of this, it has "not yet" in every line.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. How deeply sad. A wonderful take on the prompt.

  4. what a pull, missing someone dear, wanting to be reunited yet fate doesn't want it to, at least not yet :(
    you captured it all well.
    Happy gooseberry day!!!

  5. love it,

    awesome showcase of sadness.

  6. Excellent write. Very nicely done. Love the painting, too. You used it well!

  7. i find sad poems to be powerful and this one is

  8. A trip to the moon, on gossamer wings...

  9. A gentle love tied with gossamer runs through your words - lovely. ♥

  10. It is wonderful that you look for the beauty deep within. Your piece is so lovely. Thank you!

  11. very moving - pleased the poet decided to stay ...

  12. oh def heavy on the emo...wishing to be with the one we love yet not our time...nicely written...

  13. Wonderfully vivid poetry.
    I especially liked the line:

    'Held me pinned with its stillness.'

    Here is my entry

  14. Great imagery! Haunting too. Nicely done. Blessings, Terri

  15. It tugs at the heart strings. I wrote a similar take...

  16. nice! :) my potluck..

  17. This is so sad, wonderful, love your image and your poem this is a good poem and so happy to read this thanks for sharing

  18. "Gossamer" is a perfect word here...

  19. A beautiful poem, Jacqui. Dreamy and transparent, like the image. It's interesting how the pale colours of this image can appear so dark and ominous, yet strangely attractive.

  20. Lovely poem and I too love the use of 'gossamer'...

  21. Dear Jacqui Binford-Bell
    I love the flow of your poetry..and the starting was quite powerful...
    I could relate to that so much...
    And as it grew more powerful with your imagery.. I loved the lines...

    "I breathed out his message with the pain
    Inhaled the vanishing gossamer threads"

    Thanks for sharing I am happy that you are here... and look forward to seeing you again...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    At twitter @VerseEveryDay

  22. Hi! I found myself strangely attracted to the man in the painting. Maybe I knew him once? Your Magpie is great!

  23. This one is a true gem.

    I hadn't read any before I posted (very late) but I see you and I were thinking along the same lines - although mine actually went!

  24. fabulous...

    come to share your talent with us tonight,

    any poem could fit to the theme of object.
    best regards!


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