Left Hanging

Left hanging,

she freezes –

stiffening, like last week’s laundry

on Β a frigid line,

struggling to find her equilibrium

somewhere between

beauty and broken,

free and fettered,

heaven and hell.

Torn between Reason and Hope,

which way

will she swing?

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17 comments on “Left Hanging

  1. RoSy says:

    Sometimes when I step outside – I feel like that too!

  2. Caddo Veil says:

    This is a powerful image–slammed me right back to another time, and into gratitude that I “lived to tell” (or not tell, as the case may be).

    • melodylowes says:

      Ooh, those trips aren’t fun. But remembering is sometimes good, to count progress and blessings in a heap!

      • Caddo Veil says:

        I agree–a heap of blessings is always nice! The trick is to not get stalled on a back road, during one of those trips–it can happen when we’re tired, so it’s good to carry a jack, fuel can, etc. Holy Spirit “boot” provisions.

      • melodylowes says:

        Nice… It IS easy to get stalled without provisions! I may need some of those after this busy weekend myself!

  3. This is awesome, Melody! “somewhere between beauty and broken” is really up to how we react to “stuff”. May we swing towards beauty. The frozen laundry is truly a Canadian image… I remember seeing frozen stuff on my mom’s clothesline many moons ago. πŸ˜‰
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  4. Gallivanta says:

    But I have to ask….what is this curious object that you photograph? It is very beautiful but I can’t work it out? Am I allowed to know or is it to remain an thing of mystery and beauty?

    • melodylowes says:

      It is an ornament, a gift from a student of mine – and in the wind, that ball spins up and down on the wire hanger and glimmers in the light – very pretty! I have no idea what to call it, so I just call it my ‘garden orb’. Pretty, whatever its name is…

    • melodylowes says:

      It is an ornament, a gift from a student of mine – and in the wind, that ball spins up and down on the wire hanger and glimmers in the light – very pretty! I have no idea what to call it, so I just call it my ‘garden orb’. Pretty, whatever its name is…

  5. Debbie says:

    I loved the imagery of ‘stiffened, like last week’s laundry on a fridged line!” Praying to lean towards the beauty of hope each day! God bless you, Melody, and your wonderful teaching poems!

  6. Simple and elegant love this one.

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