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Crossing Borders

Forbidden Lines

The rough-hewn desk holds

Goose quill, ink and parchment

A steady hand sets ideas to paper


A Bible guides the topic

Poems written to praise Him

Sermons to warn of Hell


A life, austere and strict

Hard work and devotion

Bare necessities only in the home


A stolen page torn from the ledger

becomes a forbidden glimpse

into the heart of a young lady


The Sunday challenge at Real Toads has been given permission to use Margaret Bednar’s poetry and photography blog, Art Happens 365 (can be found HERE) as inspiration for poetry.  I’ve chosen to borrow this picture taken in Old Salem.

The poetry prompt at d’Verse Poets today is crossing borders.

14 thoughts on “Crossing Borders

  1. The bare bones of a story yet worded so eloquently! A wonderful response to the prompt. I see something of Old Salem in your poem. I’ve been there; history quietly followed me there, little whispers of the past.

  2. These little tiercets are pound for pound some very effective writing–an amazing photo,and you get the feel of Old Salem into your words, with a great twist at the end. Sidenote: Can you imagine what an incredible pain it must have been to write with a sharpened quill? I know nothing of mine would have been legible.

  3. as long as he’s only glimpsing…smiles… i have high respect for their devotion and their hard work..couldn’t live a life like this myself… great take on the prompt..

  4. The old testament at it’s charming best, full of hellfire and damnation, and dire barely suppressed warnings: abandon hope . . . Charming.

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