Verse: Marble Floor

Tiffany shade hits the rose colored marble floor

And shatters into a million pieces

Of lead and glass across the inlaid map of the world

Perhaps it was spinning

Way too fast

Red lands in Rome

Blue in San Francisco

Yellow in Denver

Shards of Green spread across Europe

Those primary places she’d left her mark.

The wire still rolling

So hollow sounding

Bouncing and spinning

Rainbows all across Asia and Africa

Glittering through the Pacific

Leaving a Green shard on Hawaii as it passed by…

Places she dreamed she’d go

Before the hourglass ran out of time

A loud sobbing is heard once again through the giant room

So cold so large

So hollow

Tears hit that marble floor like seconds on a clock

Tick tock tick tock tick tock

“Why?!?” she screams.

And the golden hourglass hits the marble floor.

Clear glass shatters across the map

Over every country across the world

Places she’s been, places she dreamed of

All covered now in a fine layer of white sand.

And the empty golden pillar just rolls away

Down the hollow empty room.

The sound of sobbing fills the chilly air

But there isn’t anyone to hear it

Except the girl

And she’s heard it all before

She doesn’t care much for the sound at all.

The next sound someone would hear

if there was

Anyone there to hear it at all

Would be a wooden chair being pushed backwards

Scraping that marble floor and

The padded almost silent feet walking across the floor…

She walks over the mess to the compass north

And laughs as she spins. spins, spins

Making red footprints in the sand

Then falling gently onto the heap

Wondering where in her dreams she will land tonight.

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epigramman 6 years ago

.... oh dear God I love this one - I wish I had written this one - lol lol - it's so romantic but yet so sad - you have created a work of poetic art here my friend - let's frame it and sell it to the Louvre!

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Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland Author

Well, we will just have to co-author a book then - you get the sane and sick part - I'll take the insane and sick part! That's me, the sad romantic! Do we have to frame everything before we sell it to the Louvre? I would think they would have their own frames... lol Thanks my dear dear Epi!

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richtwf 6 years ago

This poem reminded me of my father's passion for marble floors and also reminded me of my passion for time and travel.

Thanks for sparking some old memories back to life!

God bless you Erin.

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Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland Author

Dear Rich,

So glad I could take you back to some sweet passions. Peace and Love, Erin

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b. Malin 6 years ago

What can I add that my fellow poets have not said.. I Loved the passion that you put into this poem, it is felt and treasured. Thanks so much for sharing these thoughts.

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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is beautiful,world travel without leaving a room. It is sad to me somehow. Take care.


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Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland Author

b. Malin, thank you so much for your words

always exploring, it is sad - and it was a reflection of world travels and dreams of it, but time had run out...there was a giving up and extreme loss... you felt it :)

Love and Peace

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vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

Beautifully written Erin, Like shattered dreams across the world landing on dreamy shores. God Bless

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Erin, I love your poem. You made this so beautiful. I wish I can write a poem like this one. Thanks for share with us. Vote up. Have a good day!


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Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland Author

VV68, thanks so much for coming back, just when I thought you were taking a hiatus to work on your book! Yes, she landed on something alright! Love and Peace.

Prasetio30, thanks so much, I'm so glad you loved it. Thanks for the vote. you have a wonderful day as well my friend, Love and Peace.

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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

Wow this is very awesome. Time and regrets have no place in the moment of now. The shattering of the lamp and the hourglass can represent this understanding. I love your poetic voice and the depth of which you write. I relate well. Love and peace sister.

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Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland Author

I'm so glad you have returned my sister, and hope you enjoyed your holiday! You are so right about time and regret. Thank you for your compliments. Love and Peace.

Dante 2 years ago

HisWifeTheirMomJanuary 24, 2013Whatever the lighting reruiqes. A different camera would be really helpful. Sorry, just sayin' There is no way we can tell you what the settings for anything would be. It is all dependent on the light you are working in. I can give you some guidelines to work with, but the rest you will have to meter and set properly.Shutter speed:Hand held camera still life no slower than 1/80If your subject breathes no slower than 1/125If your subject breathes and moves no slower than 1/250If your subject breathes and runs like the wind no slower than 1/500 (sports)If you are using a flash? The rules all change. Never mindAperture:Your aperture should be equal to or greater than the number of subjects in your photograph. It has no REAL scientific or logical bearing, just happens to work. ISOThe lowest possible ISO you can use without underexposing your image AT ALL. You never want to brighten a photo in editing or post processing.If you're using an ISO you know will cause grain issues in your camera slightly over expose and reduce the exposure in post. Don't blow anything out-just slightly. The rest? you have to meter and balance it out. It isn't something you can buy a camera and viola! Have professional looking photos. It takes a learning curve, knowledge, professional lighting, posing All of which don't come by just asking what settings to use. It's something you have to learn to do yourself. Sorry I couldn't give you the magic settings! Wish I could!

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screwdriverJanuary 24, 2013All the settings do on any cmaera is get the exposure and white balance correct, everything else depends on you. You alter from these basics to get the effect you want, you determine where to focus, how deep the depth of field is, what the lighting is, what the composition is, cmaera settings won't do any of that, but you have to know what you want these to be.Basically a cmaera is a recording device, it's a light tight box with a means of mounting a lens, a sensor and associated circuitry and a shutter mechanism.To get a professional' finish you have to have an idea in your head for the look that you want in the finished image, you then create the lighting, composition etc. in front of the cmaera to give you that look and the cmaera records it.Chris

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