watcher waiting (the flotsam goes and comes)

Inspired by the phrase ‘In the room the women come and go’ taken from ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by T. S. Eliot.
This now comprises a part of The Linkages Project

should I watch

of course I should

what choice have I

quite none

the women
as they come
and go

the one
that I would
see among them

but no
not yet
no no

I wait again
I wait
once more

until the wave
at ebb
until the turn
of one more tide

until they come and go

this time

I watch
within my room

a glimpse
a sight
a reference passing
in a hint
of once familiar

a once familiar

she is not there
is not
among them

and I
must let them go
as flotsam washed
away from me

the watcher


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11 thoughts on “watcher waiting (the flotsam goes and comes)

    • Thanks Liz. I’m quite taken with the power of the phrases when I look at them like this – almost as though the parts are greater than the whole. At least for this exercise.

      Glad you’re enjoying them. The project probably only has a couple of weeks left to run.

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      • When I “Prufrock” to 11th grades, one student was taken by “I grow old, I grow old, I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.” He repeated the lines aloud at random moments for the rest of the school year.

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      • That’s brilliant, Liz. He’ll probably repeat that little riff for the rest of his life.

        I won’t get that far with my Prufrock work, I don’t think. I more or less am left with the latin at the beginning, and I’m just about done with Whitman – one to go. The Amy Lowell finished a while ago.

        I have in mind to turn them into e-book forms, but that’s still ahead. Must finish first.


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