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A Totum Pole Ode

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A Totum Pole Ode


                                      forever           gazing
                                           cold,    blazing
                                              eyes in the
                                              sky, where
                                             wings of the
                           grain, have weathered many rains…. 
 deep, fluid etchings, carved in the wood, stetching high over the hood of earth…
   a thunderbird’s wings, perch a lofty plateau, above a graveyard of tales long ago…
     over years, the curious swell, enchanted by spell of legends dwelling here
                                   emerging from gold lands 
                                          so far and near
                                          skin and bones 
                                    through windswept loam
                                     thick with thistles, 
                                    with courage and fear
                                   a river on their back
                                    and a cloak of home
                                  draped across shoulders 
                                       in a world unknown
                      tears ran rivulets on the white man's ground
                   drenched with forgiveness, from a crying sun
                    and the eyes of time, from a tribe now gone
                                 as wind spins, curls, and winds
                                           around the spine
                                   of native vines... unfolding
                                          old tribal codes
                                         stories are told with
                                        each turn of the pole...

                                        in the totum pole ode

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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  1. Date: 11/29/2013 12:13:00 PM
    Creative concrete or shape poem..Way to go with a winning work..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 9:31:00 PM
    Hi Carrie, this one is fantastic, glad to see it made the winning list... . Congratulations on the win... luv~ Linda

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    Date: 11/25/2013 9:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad she decided to place your poem with a placement now... How weird..
  1. Date: 11/25/2013 7:56:00 AM
    Oh I absolutely love this one! Definitely a winner. Congrats

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 5:25:00 PM
    good write Carrie congrats on win Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 4:54:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your entry Carrie, pleased at seeing it recieve a H M; yours Joe..)

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 4:06:00 PM
    Blew me away...awesome.....

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 3:54:00 PM
    very well crafted poem Carrie...I was surprised to find it down near the bottom with mine...congrats on your win though...

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 3:30:00 PM
    Very visceral, sophisticated, nice to see you reaching for the new, Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 2:39:00 PM
    Gosh , I guess I am getting people complaining , I think they all , including yours are beautiful . I hope you to are not offended?

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 10:02:00 PM
    I don't get it. I got first place and you didn't place? I'm honoured that Francine enjoyed my poem...but yours....It' just breath taking. Unfolding old tribal codes...just magic. I see the intricate pattern of internal rhyme that you used, to me it IS a ryhme poem..swell, spell, dwell, ago, plateau. What struck me is your fluid, original thought, creative approach... I hope that Francine contacted you. I know, contests are just for fun, a challenge... all the same you were 1st in my books! HUGS!

  1. Date: 8/13/2011 1:54:00 PM
    Crafted splendidly in words and art Carrie. Good luck in Francine's contest. Have a lovely weekend :)

  1. Date: 8/13/2011 11:50:00 AM
    Carrie, I like the shape of the pole.... lots of good stuff in this totem pole poem (OMG just realised it's a possible poetic combo...."po(le)" + "(tot)em" = "po-em" L O L ) ( I gotta get out more often ha ha...).....yep good stuff and it is similar in some ways to my own effort for Francine's contest - except mine is more geographical ( as usual).....I endorse Cyndi's demand entirely......( and yeah the cloud vid was good....)

  1. Date: 8/12/2011 12:16:00 AM
    HOLY SCHMOLY! NOW THAT JUST ROCKS! Carrie, I usually just read placements and nod, occasionally I shrug, but never ever glower. I really want you in first place. I hope I don't offend Francine by saying that, but dang, girl, you got it goin' on with that fine poem! Internal rhymes that just dazzle with image, the message is haunting, the delivery GENIUS. The contest should close, now! I bow low and demand, "FIRST PLACE!"

  1. Date: 8/11/2011 11:19:00 PM
    How cool that you made it in the totem shape!! GREAT job and a sure fire winner.

  1. Date: 8/11/2011 6:37:00 PM
    great shape!! you win the prize!!

  1. Date: 8/11/2011 6:29:00 PM
    Carrie, this is magnificent! Beautiful is woefully inadequate to describe. I shall now go plant a seed in my garden.. thanks for the write!