This blog falls into the category of snippets–bits and pieces triggered by pictures, writing prompts, incidents–anything that brings pen to hand. One of my favorite triggers when I was teaching was a book called WINDOWS by Val Clery, http://www.amazon.com/Windows-A-Feast-Eye-Imagination/dp/0770515835/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1363403109&sr=8-5&keywords=Val+Clery
A window gives a peek–imagine what lays beyond. The picture below, by John Visser, brought this snippet, a first draft poem.
The Tattered Eagle
A one-legged old man
Cooks up ribs and potatoes for his supper
behind this curtain.
Born in a tenant farmer’s hut
without much besides his brawn
to go on with
He served his country without question
And on the wall beside this window
Hangs a purple heart.
Heart and eagle are the markers of his life.
All of that is long ago
The war forgotten
Now the tattered eagle
Keeps out the jeers of passing boys
Who have not yet gone to war.