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look

see how the brittle grass bends
as though bowing at the knee
and the wooden fencepost
with its halo of rusted iron
stands
still longing for the lost days
when it too
could move with the wind

surely our old gods slumber
in the womb of this land

where clouds ceaselessly tumble
toward a stark horizon
and the dirt roads
are sewn 
on an altar of earth

and there
in the distance
a brown sparrow
pauses
his tail feathers braced against
the bitter autumn frost
his mirrored eye flashing
with the steady hymn
of sorrow
I'm still not happy with word choice here... I keep changing and changing and changing little things, ah well. I can't be happy with everything.

Oh! I forgot to mention, this was for HammeredPoetry's [link] prompt #4 Etymoetry [link]

with my word being plain:

Meanings:
level country
open country
evident, obvious
clear
ill-favored, ugly
simple, sincere, ordinary
unadorned,
physically unattractive
not special

oh oh! You see what I did there? Snap.
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Given 2011-11-30
plain by ~NukpanaNamid ( Featured by wreckling )
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i-am-a-bridgewalker Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
"and the dirt roads
are sewn
on an altar of earth"

love that part.

it's fantastic how much motion there is in this landscape, offset by the animate stillness of the bird. the displacement of the expected imagery really brings this piece to life.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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pixieplay Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Phenomenal. "surely our old gods slumber / in the womb of this land" and that fantastic ending are my favourite parts.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You did wonderful things with that prompt. Holy cow! :+fav:
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NukpanaNamid Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! It was certainly a fun prompt. I work much better with a little direction.
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Very lovely, a well-deserved DD. :heart:
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NukpanaNamid Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awww, thank you for your kind words!
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SpiritWolfSong Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
i like how you made a poem with the description of the word in the poem :D
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NukpanaNamid Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Haha yup, that was the point. Sort of a fun play on words. :D
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chesse41 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Nice job on your poem. Keep up the good work.
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