Upon a pedestal that word belongs
If not felt strong, then my heart speaks wrong

Love’s fine letters
O slants off
This museum frame
Rare honor embossed

Deepest blush of lacquer red
See through to the sky
What shall last
Past our death

Care for a reading?

*photo by me Love Park (Philadelphia)

The above poem was my entry for the Thursday Poetry Rally. Many thanks to the esteemed Jingle for all the tirelessย coordinating she does.

About the awards:
These last couple of months I have been thinking to myself, “Self, I wish I could buy a new car.” Well, not only did I get one. Count ’em. 1…2…3… shiny new automobiles! Awesome. I always knew blogging would pay off… Seriously though, these peer awards are bestowed based upon votes in the categories of Short Stories, Art/Painting, and Humorโ€”which is perfect because I tend to think of myself as a writer, artist, and occasionally funny.

Thank you for reading my work. I love blogging. Appreciate all who visit, comment, and encourage. That being said, my nominee for this rally is a tie between Moondustwriter and slpmartin. I decided this based on the fact that they have both been taking successful artistic risks in their respective writings. Check out their work. Congrats to them both!

89 Responses to “Love”

  1. moondustwriter Says:

    To be linked side by side with my friend Charles is indeed an honor. As a writer I’ll say this- Charles takes a picture of life and eloquently portrays it into words.
    Adam our life of writing is like your picture of LOVE – we need each other to lean upon, to give volume, inspiration, and allow the light to shine upon our work
    ok enough of being sentimental – love both you and slpmartin

    • It’s okay, Leslie, sentimental is good ๐Ÿ™‚
      What you say is true and heartfelt. I 100% agree with you in regard to the caliber of Charles’ work. As for your most recent work, in particular your 55’s, they’ve been excellent, and I am by no means the only one who has noticed that. Write on! and sincere thanks.

  2. awesome,
    love your humor.
    Glad that you posted.
    I will post within 5 minutes.

    • Jingle, what can I say? You make Thursdays the best day of the poetic week! Thank you. Looking forward to your post ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. You poem is awesome as always Adam, and I do love the picture of the sign. WOW! every town need to have one of those signs . Thank you so much for sharing with us. I simply love and look forward to your pictures and writing.

    • Is it redundant to say I love that statue? lol
      Viola, hope Larry’s recovering and doing better. My best to you both. Thank you so much for your continued encouragement. I always look forward to your comments, posts, and stories ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love your poems Adam, including this one.they set off my brain and my imagination .well done sir.

  5. great writing dustus

  6. Thanks, fiveloaf. I enjoyed your poem “as usual”
    Enjoy the rally!

  7. honor me in two very important ways…first and foremost I am joined with my dear friend Leslie in this nomination…her words have often inspired a poem or two, but more often then not put a smile on my face or challenged my mind…second being nominated by another writer like yourself makes me a winner…for each of these gifts I sincerely thank you!

  8. Oh…I forgot to say how much I enjoyed this poem…but of course that was implied in my comments. And if there is Anyone who has not read Leslie’s writings they can find them here

  9. Love is that one thing that we cannot completely capture…but you sure pointed us in the right direction

  10. what shall last past our deaths… so hopeful, so lovely. Beautiful piece. Heartspell

  11. Thank you, Heartspell ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it is true that it lasts if we consider the art museum in the distance.

  12. A great poem with an intriguing question at the end.

  13. Anthony, I think your Beyond the Blog magazine style posts provide amazing food for thought. Looking forward to the next installment… as for the poem, thank you.

  14. suzicate Says:

    …and love remains…excellent indeed!

  15. Thanks, Suzicate. You’re awesome, my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. some great choices for your nominees..and love, its gonna endure forever…

  17. soulintention: signed .............bkm Says:

    very nice -lovely words, lovely pic…are you rootly for the Flyers?? I am…bkm

    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Living in MI, I root for the Red Wings… but congrats to Chicago, it was a fun series to watch. Philly has a right to be proud of what the Flyers accomplished this year. During my stay, it seemed the entire city was behind them.

  18. blissbait Says:

    Hey Dustus! LOVE, LOVE, LLLLOOOOVVVEEEEE Your photo, poem, and hearing YOU read Your words. Really wonderful! I’ve been thinking of doing something similar on my site…I’ve got the equipment and am brainstorming. It was SO cool to just look at the picture and listen to Your thoughts. And CONGRATS to You and everyone for the awards! Thank You and Cheers and Namaste. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are too kind, Blissbait ๐Ÿ™‚ I care about my work and hope it shows through the recordings. If you have any questions, feel free. Also, check out Charles’ site for a great example of what can be done through supplementary audio:
      Cheers & Namaste ๐Ÿ™‚

      • blissbait Says:

        Oh, Your caring definitely shines through! Thank You for the link. I’ll check him out. Cheers and Namaste. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. The words are nicely put. Love it!

  20. Gaurav Sharma Says:

    love remains forever.
    nice work

  21. what will you do with three cars? send me one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    wonderful poem, very beautiful and lovely pic.

    your poems and pix always fit hand in gloves. how can you do it?

  22. LOL… sure, take your pick, trisha. (just don’t take the convertible, ha ha)
    We all deserve to ride in style! Perhaps my sarcasm is a bit much, but I do think it is a clever idea to present symbolic cars as awards. lol

    Thanks for the nice comment about the poetry/pics… it’s an enjoyable creative process for me, as a result 95% of the time it seems more fun than work.
    cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Adam,

    Nice combination of visual and descriptive phrases. Spot on!

    Thanks for visiting my site as well.

    Rhyme on!

    Tim Keeton
    (Undead)Poet / Wizard / Teller-of-tales

  24. Thank you, Tim. You’re quite the poet. Enjoyed my return visit to your blog. Rhyme on, Brother!

  25. hope that you have fun,
    make sure to visit and comment for 18 poets that are NEW to you,

  26. Already have and continue to do so, enjoyably ๐Ÿ™‚ Some great work out there. Never used to be this many poets signing up. Wow! I’m impressed by the community’s growth and passion for writing. Awesomeness, Jingle. It is very cool to witness this.
    Cheers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. wwoowww… brilliant pic and an awesome poem Adam ๐Ÿ˜€
    simply marvelous ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. Hey Meg! Your rally poem prompted me to respond poetically…. I don’t think you are capable of writing an uninspired poem. Always appreciate you visiting ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you

  29. Just read it and commented ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope all is going well

  30. That is a fantastic sculpture, and a poem to match. Thank you for sharing!

  31. Appreciate your kind comment, Morganna. It truly is a great sculpture. I enjoyed my visit there. cheers

  32. What a truly inspiring poem! Your words are always so eloquently put, and so beautifully chanted. Your expression is divine and your experiences are clear. I thoroughly enjoy reading your words. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you for dropping by, I appreciate your thoughts deeply. The love in this poem speaks right out into eternity. So truthfully put, the chanting is ongoing flying into heaven. I enjoy your expression very much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Ana, wow, the sincerity in your comment warms my heart. I am very grateful for your compliments, encouragement, and kindness ๐Ÿ™‚ It is an honest poem, and I feel blessed to read what you just wrote. Thank you so very much. cheers and have a wonderful rest of the week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Love. It wraps us up in moonbeams and shines us through to sun. Blissful. I love the idea of reading your poetry. A very nice touch Adam.

  35. That’s exquisite Adam!

  36. I have marveled at your poetry, Adam. I have to read them out loud before I can get the feeling from them. I read this one out loud before I noticed that you had placed a reading under it. I read it like you did. That made me marvel about your choice of words. You have an incredible talent for putting words together. These poems are images enough. We get an extra treat when you pair them with your photography!

    • Hi Leslie! Thank you as always… It’s fun to read these, sometimes I read them a few different ways that alter the meanings. I’m trying to break my shyness of readings in general. I think this is helping. The response certainly is. Also, thanks for telling me you read it like I didโ€”makes me think I didn’t mess up. lol Thank you again, L. cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Guess it’s true on Thursdays it’s a real field of dreams come true. “If you post it they will come!” Congratulations on those impressive vehicles! The greatest gift any of us can have is Love and you’ve expressed it nicely.

    • Thanks, D.S. It’s great to see you participating in the rallys as well! Couldn’t agree with you more. Thursdays have become pretty amazing. Cheers!

  38. “if not felt strong, then my heart speaks wrong” that line caught me particularly. The poem illustrates the picture with insights we wouldnt consider if we looked at the picture ordinarily…It is always a pleasure to read from you…Thanks for being there when I was sick…I really appreciate. Cheers Man!!!

    • I’m not the only one who was wondering about how you were feeling, Emmanuel. You’ve already shared a bit of yourself with all of us through your quality poetry. We’re all glad you’re a part of the community ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks, man!

  39. caroompas Says:

    Nicely done – I love the marriage of photo and poem, and the inclusion of the audio is icing. Very simple themes, seemingly, but then you sit for a moment and let them sink in, and it becomes clear that so much is bubbling under the surface. . . great work.

    • Thank you! That’s extremely kind. “…much is bubbling under the surface” Love that! appreciate your comment. cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. the photo is awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ … loved the tilted O and beautiful words complimenting the picture ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Appreciate the compliment, Raj ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a great, unique statue; one of my favs anywhere. Thank you!

  42. mairmusic Says:

    it’s hard to write a poem so literally about a picture, but you make it work!

  43. Thank you, Marilynn. I like combining images and words.
    You’re right, it can present a challenge trying to honor both visual and literal meaningsโ€”though altogether a fun process. Have a wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Hi adam..another great poem, where do you get the pictures from for your muse…re your nominations spot on & leslie does so much…take care Pete

  45. Hey Pete. thanks, man… I’m just a nerd who brings his camera with him much of the time, even where I live. Just read Leslie’s latest 55 this morning… excellent work!

  46. Love, can be taken far to seriously,
    What fleeting moment lasts an eternity?
    Truth rings in the cold hard light of day,
    It’#s love in stone, that never fades away.

    Love your take on the sculpture Adam. Very much approve of the reading. Can’t make out your accent though!

  47. Sound hearts break
    Warm spirits find
    No need for stone
    Blood color reminds

    LOL.. that’s for making fun of my accentโ€” Snap!
    You’re a great poet, Shan.

  48. Great little poem Adam! I love the ‘o’ slanting off – it’s as if the mouth is saying ‘oh’ but being slanted, it’s kind of cooing, like a head on one side! Where was this sign? the pic is gorgeuos!

  49. I mean gorgeous of course:)

  50. Took the pic in Love Park (Philadelphia), Lynda. Spent a few days there last week. IF you look through the structure bolstering the sculpture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the stately building in the distance. It’s fitting that the “O” is altered; like how you describe it, nice description btw. I think the piece sends off good vibes. Witnessed many people stare and marvel at it, many of whom I saw smiling reflectively ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Yup… it was too good…

    cool writing!!

  52. Glad you liked it. Thank you!

  53. The “esteemed” Jingle. I like that!

    I remember when that Love sculpture was on a stamp. Pretty.

    Beautiful poem! Love (not Coke,) is IT!!!


  54. LOL Hi Jannie! I didn’t know they put that on stamps. Coolโ€”postage reserved for love letters of course. lol Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Excellent poem and photograph!

  56. Thank you, Lawrence. Always appreciate your feedback ๐Ÿ™‚


    three poetry awards,
    4 general awards…
    Enjoy the moment.
    Thank you for the contribution on poetry..

    you got 82 comments now,
    time for a new post..

  58. LOL.. definitely time for a new post!

    Hi Jingle! I have a 55 ready to go for this evening; just want to record the audio when I have a spare moment. I should be good for Thursday a well, so please count me in for rally day ๐Ÿ˜‰

  59. Nice one, Viola! Just left you a more detailed comment on your site. Thanks

  60. Just wonderful; and I discovered there is sound on your blog. You’ve a good voice Adam!

  61. Thanks. I’ve always been terribly self-conscious about that, but I’m working on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Even in death love remains. Enjoyed your poem.

  63. Thanks, Rose ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed it.

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