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What Those Eyes Have Seen

Updated on August 10, 2013
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Chrome lug nuts

Make up the eyes

Of a Great Blue Heron

Sculpted entirely from metal

Scrapped from a local junkyard

And auctioned for a hundred grand

To an eccentric billionaire

To be propped up in a shady corner

Of a veranda

Oft occupied by his brother

The famous movie director

Who won an Oscar

For a movie adaptation

Based on the number one

Best-selling novel

Written by the legendary author

Penning the true story

Of a hero General

And his family

Killed in a head on collision

Caused by an intoxicated detective

Who had just captured the Nations

Worst Serial Killer in history

The Dick had survived

But according to the junkyard man

It had been a miracle

By none other than

The Man upstairs

Because the cruiser had been totaled

This story the Junker relayed

As he dropped the last

Remnants of a hero’s bane

Into a scrap barrel

Where a free-lance artist

Searching for inspiration

Picked out the dropped pieces

And in their mirrored orbs

Espied the reflection of

A Great Blue Heron

Flying overhead

And smiled

Imagining a scrap sculpted bird

With eyes of

Chrome lug nuts

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Death brings life and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder - or the artist!

      Touche, Wayne!

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      very nice. one of your best i think. keep up the goodwork. voted. :)

      I. White

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, bravewarrior. Artist's block is like writers block, ( I suffer them both quite frequently). You never know where you might find your inspiration.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Isaak. Very nice compliment and I appreciate the support!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Awesome... Its amazing to think the journey some things make and how some things can pass from person to person and impact them differently, or inspire them... Love it!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I loved the grittiness of this --really nicely done!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you darlin' that is basically the result of the piece was showing life coming full circle. The poem started with the line, chrome lug nuts, and ended with the line, chrome lug nuts. And in between their journey....

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      Erika 4 years ago

      Brilliant work, Dad! I did notice before reading your comment that you started and ended with "chrome lug nuts" which I really like when people do that with their poems or stories. I try sometimes to do that with certain things, like in Darkness, I started with "instant darkness." and I couldn't end it exactly with instant darkness again but I did put in the last couple sentences.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Audrey. I guess grittiness fits a junkyard sculpted poem!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, sweety. It's always good to see my girls here!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I must say thanks for the tour at least in my mind. I enjoyed junkyards as a kid. There was always something to dig up which gave my mom the horrors of dirt and bacteria but I survived.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit, Rasma!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      wow..almost like the cycle of life...it's all in one's perspective..journey...attitude..

      i like your quick-trigger-down-n-dirty style!

      Very entertaining, unique and imaginative...

      thanks Wayne

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Leslie...I'm glad you liked, and understood it. Thank you for gracing me with your kind words and beautiful smile!

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Awesome,wellwritten,so deep.I love this poem.It is flow is too smooth and easy to swim with;its imagery vivid and fresh.Voted up!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much, James. I appreciate the compliment and the support!

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