shards

my mother sold her soul for lies
my father was a fool
and i learnt all a man should know
before i got to school
but you and i, we’re cognisant
that enemies are rife
so stand behind me evermore
and i will give you life

we’ll take a walk from here because
we know we shouldn’t stay
the corpses of our life before
will just get in our way
and everything that we hold dear
is right here in our hands
we have no need of fripperies
or chattels or of lands

i wish that we had both been born
with time upon our side
but even though our hearts are pure
our teachers, in truth, lied
so pardon us and we’ll depart
upon our purposed way
where shards of broken promises
cannot lead us astray

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13 Comments

  1. damommza

     /  August 25, 2015

    This is easily one of the best poems you’ve written. I can’t even tell you which stanza I liked best because I liked them all. Bonus points for using “fripperies” in a sentence and making it the best possible word choice. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • It is, without doubt, the best one I have written today πŸ˜€

      Beards and fripperies, what a man is made of πŸ˜€

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      • damommza

         /  August 25, 2015

        I’d have to see the other poems before I can make that call..and if this poem is the only child of the day..then YES! It was!

        The beard being the best part and the fripperies mere accessories to the beauty of the beard!

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        • That’s it so far, but I still have an hour to knock another one out πŸ˜€

          The fripperies are to adorn the beard πŸ˜€

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          • damommza

             /  August 25, 2015

            There’s another one in the works?? Awesome!

            You had me at “fripperies” πŸ˜€

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  2. lupinssupins

     /  August 26, 2015

    I agree 100% with damommza– including your use of the wonderful, underused word, “fripperies”! The word is a staple in my family’s vocabulary- a favorite of our 87 year old father and his late, Scottish mother.

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    • Thank you πŸ˜€

      I have no idea where I picked up “fripperies”, but in my mind it is always part of the phrase “fripperies and furbelows” πŸ˜€

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    • damommza

       /  August 26, 2015

      OHAI lupinssupins!

      “Furbelows”? And here I thought I knew everything about you! Lolol

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      • lupinssupins

         /  August 26, 2015

        Ohai, damommza!
        I hadda look u “furbelows”- never heard it before. Maybe it’s a UK expression? For our part, over here, my fambly often uses “frippery-dippery”– mebbe an Out West version of the Back East “fancy-schmancy”?

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        • damommza

           /  August 26, 2015

          Thank you lupinsuppins!! That was “easy-peasy” of you! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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        • Hi, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the word said, just read it, and even that not very often. I think it is just one of those words that fell out of fashion πŸ˜€

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