Windowed

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Photo: Inbar Asif

 

“They’re all old,” the guide gestured, “but some are worse off than others, for they are windowed.”

“Age does not make a building old,” he explained. “Even if sooner or later years form spider webs of fine cracks on every wall, those are just realities built by time. The product of life.”

“But these ones,” his hand rose in half-salute, half-point toward a row of especially dilapidated shutters, “they are windowed.”

When our faces must have told him we still hadn’t the story he’d wanted be told, he sighed and took pity on us. So privileged we had to be to not have lived what would have let us understand the depth of meaning in his words.

“Rooms empty of everything but ruined dreams. Windows widowed of hope. Houses like these go beyond broken relics. Some had gone so long bereft of young ones to gaze through their portals in a waking dream, that short of a miracle to breathe life back into them, they are windowed: dried to the bone of sound, stripped of souls, ready to fall.”

 

 

For V.J.’s Weekly Challenge: Windows

 

Unadorned Underground

Carved Smadar Halperin-Epstein

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

In the depths

Where the colors all bleach

To the basics

Of power,

Persistence,

And life;

Lives the unadorned

Underground

Of deep water

Carving canyons

With time’s old

Stubborn knife.

 

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Nature

 

Pass Time

castle riverboat SmadarHalperinEpshtein

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

At exactly the right time

She passes through,

Sliding by.

A riverboat

Glides alongside

The clock in sky.

 

For December Squares: Times

 

 

Mind Travel

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Photo: Inbar Asif

 

How does time spiral on itself

Even as it unfolds to expand

Outwards?

How do the faces that your mind recalls

Rekindle scenes that take you

Backwards?

And how do those refill your hand

With all of what you’re working

Towards?

Maybe it is all as it should

As long as tender hearts reflect their kindness

Onwards.

 

 

For Cee’s Share Your World Challenge

A Shared Pedigree

Fossil OfirAsif

Photo: Ofir Asif

 

In the lineage of eras

Where fossils yet live

Ancestry beyond measure

Offers paths to believe.

Time unfolds on itself

Memories seek a reprieve

As humble roots we all share

Still continue to give.

 

 

 

For The Daily Post

No Iron Needed

Oasis tree

Photo: Ofir Asif

 

There’s a crease in my memories.

An obscure line

Of thoughts.

There’s a wrinkle along

The predictable

Plot.

I’ve accumulated crinkles

And crimps

And what not.

It is fine

As it is.

It is what

It need be.

All those furrows and folds

Are what makes me

Be me.

 

 

 

For The Daily Post

Blink Of An Eye

Cuba12 InbarAsif

Photo: Inbar Asif

 

In the blink of an eye

Life shifts gears

Age speeds by

To leave tears

On a cheek

As in one glancing streak

Years flash

Full

Of mystique.

 

 

 

For The Daily Post

The Time is Near

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

Finally

The time is near

To wrap up yet

Another year

To open

Doors

To better cheer

So stale old fogs

Can slowly clear

And fresh

New hopes

Appear.

 

 

For The Daily Post