Lorena, Amy, Emily & Bob

“I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still” Arthur Rimbaud

Interpreted for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Writing Prompt 124, Collage 6

Lady of Shallot’s boat moored

in verdant woods, on mirror stream

fey faerie of the shadow mirror

captures whirling world

in never-ending tapestry

in red chair

in room of desolation

I read Tennyson

frame Waterhouse prints

I listen to Mobius loop playlist: Lorena, Amy, Emily and Bob*

graveyard angels weep beyond broken window

when unutterable whispered aloud

for only the compassionate dead can hear

and in the mirror slivers

ephemeral reflections

I weave tapestries

she writes silences

my sweet sister,

the Lady of Shallot


“I’m half sick of shadows, she said . . .”

*Lorena [McKennitt]  – put Tennyson’s Lady of Shallot words to music; Amy, Emily (Indigo Girls), Left Me a Fool: “. . . you remind me of Shallot, only made of shadows, even though you’re not. . .”; Bob Dylan, You’re Gonna Leave Me Lonesome When You Go: “Situations have ended sad. Relationships have all been bad. Mine’ve been like Verlaine’s and Rimbaud . . .”


19 thoughts on “Lorena, Amy, Emily & Bob

  1. Bastet September 20, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    Brilliantly done … I’ve been fascinated by the Lady of Shallot from forever and when Lorena McKennitt my interest was renewed … brava, a great interpretation.


    • phylor September 20, 2015 / 4:47 pm

      I’ve been listening to the Lady of Shallot and discovering Waterhouse’s haunting imagery.
      Interesting, too read the scholarly interpretations of the song’s meaning.
      Wiki is like the Coles Notes of my youth.


      • Bastet September 21, 2015 / 12:11 pm

        Sounds very interesting indeed … I really like how seamlessly you wrote to this prompt creating this lovely and haunting poem … a great job!


  2. mindlovemisery September 14, 2015 / 2:05 am

    captures whirling world

    in never-ending tapestry

    She writes silences

    So many wonderful lines! Outstanding work =)


    • phylor September 14, 2015 / 8:16 am

      Thank you.
      My inner word is caught up and captured in your collage. I’m in a Lorena McKennitt mood, listening to her music daily. So, the boat made me think of the Lady of Shallot and on it goes.
      The Rimbaud quote is exquisite. I only know his poetry tangentially — I should make that relationship more direct and personal.
      The chair I sit in for my therapy session is red leather, though not as comfy as the one in the collage appears to be.

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      • mindlovemisery September 14, 2015 / 11:31 am

        I love Rimbaud actually he is a big reason I started writing poetry to begin with. I will have to give Lorena McKennitt a listen!


        • phylor September 14, 2015 / 11:59 am

          Let me know what you think of Lorena, or if you would like an entry point in her music.
          And, I’ll let you know what I think of Rimbaud, and if you have any entry points to suggest, please do.


          • mindlovemisery September 14, 2015 / 12:44 pm

            Well The Drunken Boat poem is very easy to find online and very good. Any songs you’d suggest?


            • phylor September 15, 2015 / 9:24 am

              Gosh, where to begin.

              There is a 4 cd compellation that came out in 2014 but I’ve don’t know what can be sampled from this. I’ve never seen what is included and if it’s a live or studio version.

              A good introduction to her music (to circa 1999) is the 2 cd Lorena McKennitt Live in (either Toronto and Paris or the other way around). Again this is two cds so a lot of sampling to look for.

              Let me think; I listen to her constantly, so I’ll put together a playlist (I don’t have playlists, just albums!) for me (need to learn how) and suggest a couple of songs from that.

              She plays the harp and has an incredible voice. Another poem she put to music is The Highway by Alfred Noyes.

              I have holes in my collection, and am not the most up to date. I have an interesting CD Wind that Shakes the Barley which goes back to her musical roots in traditional ballads and is from the 2000s, lol.

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                • phylor September 15, 2015 / 10:10 am

                  I must admit, attempts by friends to broaden the number of musicians I listen to has fallen on “deaf ears,” excuse the pun.
                  I have a similar fascination with the Indigo Girls, Stan Rogers, Bob Dylan.
                  I do listen to other artists, quite a quirky lot, but I doubt that surprises you, ;]

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                  • mindlovemisery September 15, 2015 / 10:17 am

                    I like quirky, quirky is good. I used to listen to Indigo Girls in my early 20s but it has been a while, time for a revisit!


                    • phylor September 15, 2015 / 10:27 am

                      I have Indigo Girls / Retrospective. However, for some reason, I missed their music from Strange Fire to the Retrospective!
                      A friend who burned CD’s for me lacked an Indigo Girl collection! lol
                      So, I have to revisit them too.


  3. summerstommy2 September 13, 2015 / 11:44 pm

    I thought this was pretty amazing so well done friend. You took the images to such interesting places. Enjoyed it so very much.


    • phylor September 14, 2015 / 8:17 am

      Thank you kind sir.
      Your collage response is quite skillful.


  4. Paloma September 13, 2015 / 11:34 pm

    I too have felt like the Lady of Shallott is a sister – combining Lorena, Amy, Emily, and Bob is brilliant :)


    • phylor September 14, 2015 / 8:21 am

      Thank you.
      One of those circles, inside circles, like rocks skipping and skimming across the surface of my mind.
      With Wikipedia and the internet, sometimes I can identify the snippets strolling through my creative side. Such as “. . . like Verlaine’s and Rimbaud.”

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