Possibility of Balance

Rows of standing stones by a sacred place
Surrounded by rows of big wooden boxes.
Azalea-shrubbed foundation fronts
Swing sets, jungle gyms, inflatable pools
In posterior postage-stamp partitions.
Ready for a daily run,
Parked in driveways are cars
Only one more than ten years old
And in these boxes girt with fence,
Each one a promise partly filled
Each party partly enjoyed, yet always
Alive, noisy with tv unlike the silent stones
In every way save their starved souls.
Sometimes the ruse leaks out,
Mask cracks, some smile slips
As a gentle psyche snaps
It’s a shame what happened to Karen.
you’d think the middle child would take comfort here
Where deer do not dare to tread
But before the pavement grip is closed, fisted.
links and malls sop up what spare time’s allowed
Stores ache to fill a need they all deny exists
Until the standing stones catch up to them…

Centered on a teeter-totter
Remarkably oblivious to the 
possibility Of balance.  

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Here’s the prompt at dverse, of suburbia, from Serbia, some songs along the similar theme:
https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=5FjaDe5a3Qo
https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Vf8jvSPA3XQ

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13 thoughts on “Possibility of Balance

  1. You definitely nailed the scenery, the haunting, bleak yet piercingly alive. I loved this part:”Each one a promise partly filled
    Each party partly enjoyed, yet always
    Alive, noisy with tv unlike the silent stones
    In every way save their starved souls.”

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  2. Yes, Erbiage, the psyche slips and we find out what happened to Karen. All the perfection of the 60s, and 70s couldn’t hide the troubled minds and hearts that yearned behind the pretty boxes all in perfect rows. Excellent visual

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  3. Love this one, Eric. It’s busy with carefully selected detail and the title fits perfectly. You’ve also included effective word play and alliteration to foreground the more stereotypical detail, such as ‘Azalea-shrubbed foundation fronts’ and ‘ posterior postage-stamp partitions’. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with
    Each one a promise partly filled
    Each party partly enjoyed…’
    I too would like to know what happened to Karen – did she fall off the ‘teeter-totter’?

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