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    Cilice

    She pulled the worn valise
    from the dark depths
    of her closet.
    Lifting the latches, she gazed
    at the garments inside.

    Each time she saw them,
    they looked worse than before,
    no matter how carefully
    she packed them away.

    She stiffened her spine,
    held each one up
    to the harsh, cold light;
    tried to smooth them with her hands

    as her past,
    passed before her
    and regrets
    coursed the canyons of her cheeks.

    They were beyond repair.

    She longed to throw them out,
    after all,
    how many hair shirts
    can one person wear?
    Last edited by Gumby; April 23rd, 2011 at 02:24 AM.
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    Cindy, I marveled while reading. The longing. The faded beauty.


    As her past,
    passed before her
    and regrets
    coursed the canyons of her cheeks.
    Great alliteration aside, what imagery! For some reason, I'm thinking of the famous black and white photograph of Georgia O'Keefe.

    after all,
    how many hair shirts
    can one person wear?
    The imagery is so strong, I can feel it upon my skin. Deep meaning but I can't put my finger on it.
    You told a large story captured in a minute's time.

    Fantastic! Laurie
    Last edited by SilverMoon; March 19th, 2011 at 04:58 PM.
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    Thank you Laurie, glad you felt the deeper meaning here, as it is really a metaphorical poem. I truly appreciate your thoughts on this one.
    Last edited by Gumby; March 20th, 2011 at 01:43 AM.
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    Very strong imagery, Cindy, and the hair shirt metaphor is a strong one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron
    and the hair shirt metaphor is a strong one
    Having never heard of a "hair shirt" I would love to hear your take on the metaphor. This would mean a great deal to me. Laurie
    Last edited by SilverMoon; March 19th, 2011 at 09:50 PM.
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    Laurie, the hair shirt has an interesting history, I can't imagine actually wearing one and feel for those who did or do. Though I meant mine in a metaphorical sense. An underwire bra is enough torture for me,


    A cilice (pronounced /ˈsɪlɨs/) was originally a garment or undergarment made of coarse cloth or animal hair (a hairshirt) used in some religious traditions to induce some degree of discomfort or pain as a sign of repentance and atonement. In more modern religious circles, the word has come to simply mean any device worn for the same purposes.
    Last edited by Gumby; March 20th, 2011 at 03:21 AM.
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    To compare with pure imagination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron View Post
    Very strong imagery, Cindy, and the hair shirt metaphor is a strong one.
    Thank you Baron.
    There is no life I know
    To compare with pure imagination.
    Living there you’ll be free
    If you truly wish to be.~ Willy Wonka

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    Cindy,

    I, too, think this poem has great imagery.

    I had heard of a "hair shirt" before, but never heard "Cilice". Thank you for the explanation.

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    Thank you, Cindy. I've read that Mother Teresa actually wore a hair shirt.

    The movie The Da Vinci Code portrayed an Opus Dei priest who wore a cilice in the form of a spiked chain around his thigh, though that was a grotesque exaggeration of reality, I believe.
    There is no life I know
    To compare with pure imagination.
    Living there you’ll be free
    If you truly wish to be.~ Willy Wonka

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    A cilice (pronounced /ˈsɪlɨs/) was originally a garment or undergarment made of coarse cloth or animal hair (a hairshirt) used in some religious traditions to induce some degree of discomfort or pain as a sign of repentance and atonement. In more modern religious circles, the word has come to simply mean any device worn for the same purposes.
    Thank you, Cindy, Now I can say your ending was brilliant! Laurie
    “The man who cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot.”
    Andre Breton

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