Rusted Traces

Photo by Glenn A. Buttkus, South Sound Minimalist Photos

Smudge the lines, then leave no trace
of words–erase the page,

till only thoughts remain
etched within the heart and mind

the rusted memories of
long-ago places, long-ago times–

you travel toward them, dreaming
of endless roads

of what might have been—

if

I apologize for being so behind on reading and commenting. I wasn’t going to participate at all this week because I have an academic history book chapter due, as well as other projects– but the poetry muse kept whispering. . . so, this is for two dVerse prompts. It’s a quadrille for Mish’s prompt using the word “smudge,” and it’s influenced by the photo above from Glenn A. Buttkus’s site “South Sound Minimalist Photos,” for Sanaa’s poetics prompt.

29 thoughts on “Rusted Traces

  1. Excellent use of both prompts! I saw the photo and as soon as I read ‘smudge’, I knew it was a “duo” 😉
    Love this, my favourite “If” poet!

  2. Oh Merril, this is gorgeously gorgeously rendered! Thank you so much for taking the time to write to the prompt 😍 especially like; “the rusted memories of long-ago places, long-ago times–you travel toward them, dreaming of endless roads.” Sigh… yes! 💝💝

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