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The Retaining Wall ~ An Ode

Updated on January 22, 2017

Wailing wall prayer

by T.R. Moore

The Retaining Wall

The blocks of this wailing wall remain unset

Hopes in niches like the scattered post-noon sun

Nearly a year has passed us now, since we dragged them round

Set in neat square piles, then forming rows

Then back to piles and back again.


Soylent Green

We had no dirt, an absurd thought

There is dirt everywhere, seemingly, unwantedly

But not that soft, precious, loamy soil

Lent green, a growing darkness in its texture

A knowing wealth toward some mind-green purchase.

Block and Tackle

The retaining wall is untrained and unrestrained

Blockless, untackled, except for the footing

Still it remains unleveled, tilting, drifting

While the newfound land and store-bought soil, drifts

And lifts toward the permanence of concrete being.


The March Hare

This slow, unmerciful neglect

Is a put-off for the spring – March air

Where we fear no more the chance of frost.

We still don't know what plants to want

and whether choosing beauty, fruit, or passion.

Palm Reading

I prefer palms, reading forbidden futures

Which plantings will out-last our short abidance here

Growing old and full without us

A sprout of posterity

Though we will bask in the thrill of beauty

Allsuion and Pun

Allusion~an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.

Pun~a witticism exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.

While they're young.

T,R. Moore ~January 18, 2017

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      Terri Renee Moore 16 months ago from Tucson, AZ

      Thank you Jodah for your insightful help. I truly appreciate it!

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      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Honestly. TR, when I first started here I thought poetry should stand on its own, but to give poetry any chance of being featured and stay that way you need to keep HP happy and they like hubs to have at least three photos. I would leave them and they do help, as you say, "explain your subtle puns to the uninitiated." I hope that helps.

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      Terri Renee Moore 16 months ago from Tucson, AZ

      Thank you very much Jodah. I truly appreciate it. Question - what do you think of the pictures? - they ruin the layout, but explain my subtile puns to the uninitiated. Would it be better to remove them?

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      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      An interesting poem paralleling the building of a retaining wall and life in general.

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