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Nothing Stands Still
by L. G. Figgins
Monday, June 06, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Black and white glossies
Creased with folded corners
My smiling face Long legs tanned from summer sun
Tomboy hair blazing chesnut
Holding a bat and ball
The shrubs are trees now
Middle aged and scraggly
Nothing stands still
Only figures in photographs
They catch time There goes the fly ball
I'm throwing it to my children
They hug me adoringly in color
Soon they will call me "stupid"
Sprout wings and fly on their own
The ball and mitt sit on a shelf
The smell of leather and grass
Dusty soil and sweat
Still there
It holds our memories
Balled-up white lightening
Our dreams flew on air
My dad leaves this earth
The cotton curtains move
Eigth spring brings a grandchild
I catch her in digital frame
She will be a tomboy
Catch my throws
Crack thunder
On a Louisville Slugger
Hug me adoringly
Never call me "stupid"
My daughter's cotton curtains move
I will leave this earth
Nothing stands still...

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Reviewed by Nordette Adams 6/10/2005
You've painted the circle of life here for the mind's eye. Wonderfully done, Linda.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 6/8/2005
Life cycles... beautifully expressed, Linda. Much enjoyed.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/8/2005
Very powerful, Linda, and excellently executed and "snapped" in your usual cinematic and highly visual, journalistic way. You certainly know which telling details to include to give the poem lift and that certain sense of je ne sais quoi. I could picture and smell the whole thing - which makes it all the more penetrating when I seriously consider the weight of your words a propos my own mortality... but ain't digital photography grand?! I was given a camera by my family for my birthday a few weeks' back... haven't quite spared the time to work it out, yet, but the big wide world of putting stuff onto computer is wunderbar - and the crystal results an absoloute dream - like the quality of this write! TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Aberjhani 6/7/2005
Reading NOTHING STANDS STILL is much like looking at a one-act five-dimensional play with the souls of characters motivated by both the simple and the sublime while time marches on waiting for no one. A poignantly wise and visually engaging write.
Reviewed by Dave Harm 6/7/2005
Awesome write... a lifetime of memories and dreams, wishing and hoping to come alive again... with a grandchild, all do come true and once again everything is young and new...
Reviewed by Eddie Thompson 6/7/2005
Wow...I wasn't expecting such depth this evening as I read some poetry. I loved your mastery of our craft in this poem. The imagery moves us forward...ever forward. Loved it!
Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/7/2005
The great wheel turns, as long as our memories live on then all will be well. Excellent write Linda.

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/7/2005
Time sure don't wait.
How many think we own our property.
We borrow it for a short time, being conned by commerce.
Great pondering poem/message
Reviewed by Dale Clark 6/7/2005
Wouldn't it be nice to pause time just for a moment
here and there. Otherwise all you have are memories.
Awesome write Linda!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/7/2005
Great piece you penned Linda!!

I think alot of us can relate to this!!

Love & hUgs Tinka
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/7/2005
A wistful write that many can relate too.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 6/7/2005
I will leave this earth
Nothing stands still...

yes...nothing stands still....insightful n luck....BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by Betty Torain 6/7/2005
I get a real message from this poem. Thanks for sharing Linda. Good write.
Reviewed by jude forese 6/6/2005
everthying moves onward into the cotton curtains dangling before us, floating with motion ... just as this poem does ... nice personal imagery ...
Reviewed by Alexandre Arnau 6/6/2005
this was great! i like the flow of your history, illustrating the cycle we all spin through. this was your best yet...


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