Monday, 28 November 2011


“We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.” - Oscar Wilde

There are some cupboards, some seldom opened drawers, some taped up boxes in every home, where we have locked up objects that serve as silent souvenirs of times past. Photographs, letters, small keepsakes, pressed flowers, a gift or two, some trifle that on first glance a stranger would look at curiously and dismiss as “junk”. All of those hidden reminders of times that have been, carefully secreted in some dark place where their strident voice is muffled are thus easily ignored.

The larger, bulkier mementos are more difficult to discount. Furniture, paintings, cars, houses even. Our past lives live on in these possessions that persist even if our life has moved on. Catharsis can occur only if these reminders are shed. New furniture, anyone?

This blog entry is part of the Magpie Tales meme.

Souvenir Rouge

You know the rules,
X marks the spot:
“Thou shalt not venture beyond this yellow line”
Cerise dreams are out of bounds.

The brickwork sighs
And shapely thighs
Have left depressions on the embarrassed couch –
Crimson words are best left unspoken.

Soft liquid drips,
Moans left embroidered
On the fabric; lyrics to sweet songs,
Port-wine poetry not to be recited.

Flushed memories
Abandoned keepsakes
Once part of a pair, ruby sofa, your
Blood-red histories are to be expunged
On the garbage heap.


  1. Good one, Nicholas. String imagery.

  2. Excellent take on this Magpie picture,
    while "Crimson words are best left unspoken."

  3. Cerise, crimson, port wine, blood red .... incredibly visual, strong!!!

  4. Respect of this entry of yours.

    Please have a good Wednesday.

    daily athens photo

  5. I like what you've done with this. It is brave and inspiring. The image is cleverly adapted, too.

  6. all your imagery...even how you manipulated the pic...very cool piece man...enjoyed...

  7. Fantastic take on this Magpie! I love the line "Cerise dreams are out of bounds." Also, "Crimson words are best left unspoken." You've painted a well crafted red picture here and even provoked a little red blush in the reader! Nice job!

  8. I love the shades of red that weave their way through this and it is quite a powerful punhc that it delivers in the last stanza.

  9. A pleasure to read - a work of art.

    Anna :o]