22.1.10

Somewhere near Teec Nos Pos

“Oh my God,” James thought, “what am I doing all by myself in this neo-apocalyptic landscape?”

“But at least there’s a three-legged chair keeping me company, and it’s talking – telling me about the pain of a lost leg.

“The lips are brown and wooden, and the language is strange – a bit like Hopi.

“But hey, who am I to complain?”

– Johannes Beilharz (© 2010)

Inspired by read write prompt #111, which came with the following photo by Sepulture:


11 comments:

rallentanda said...

Your poem conveys the surreal feeling of this photo.I like the way the guy connects to the chair,his only friend..very quirky..good one!

caroleesherwood said...

"the pain of a lost leg" -- i hadn't heard anyone talk about that yet, and i've read lots of wonderful poems today. great!

Anonymous said...

From Therese Broderick -- I like the piece as it is, but I'm feeling that I'm missing something, not getting the joke entirely. Maybe the piece is playing Navajo off of Hopi? Or playing with some western movie motifs that I'm not picking up? But to find humor in the photo is a fresh take on it.

Chef E said...

I also felt you got down to the point of what the picture conveys...he is connecting the chair, and he IS alone with it, so why not speak to it, as it speaks to him...

Deb said...

The idea of someone happy to hear a chair talk about its travails is fabulous. Perfect expression of loneliness.

Deb said...

The idea of someone happy to hear a chair talk about its travails is fabulous. Perfect expression of loneliness.

pamela said...

I love how you have made the chair a companion. Nice!

Pamela

Nathan said...

I like the tone you get here, kind of whimsical and dark at the same time.

Tumblewords: said...

The apocalypse has come and not gone. Provocative piece!

Raven's Wing Poetry said...

I like where you went with this...the chair complaining of a lost leg. I grew up in Arizona, and this picture reminded me of it, so the Hopi reference made sense to me. Nice work.

-Nicole

Crafty Green Poet said...

your story suits the mood of the photo and the posture of the person perfectly.