Fitness for Purpose I and II

The Old War Office in London RJSImage:  The Old War Office, London © Robin J Smith (my son)

Fitness for Purpose I

A fanciful waft of light
plays over the surface of
a jumbled panorama of dreams –
whose beauty belies purpose
as powerhouse of war.





Fitness for Purpose II
book sculpture
This picture by artist Brian Dettmer shows a sculpture made from an old book using surgical instruments.  Despite the magical result, I am uncomfortable with this impairment of books.

Punctilious destruction
of precious old book
produces pretty picture

Margo Robey’s prompt today is to write a poem inspired by an image.  I have done 2!


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9 Responses to Fitness for Purpose I and II

  1. How cool! Viv, I’m most impressed, (right now), with the serendipity…I just found a geode at the beach! I’ve never ever found one so it was a shock…I feel a little guilty as I took it home with me and the sign said not to but…it was a geode!

    Any way when I first saw your first image I thought that the buildings looked like the inside of a geode…like crystals jutting into empty space and then you can imagine my surprise at your next image then!!

    I love it…what does it mean these little coincidences. Sigh.

    I love your description in the first of the “waft” of light. Brevity and beauty.


  2. I understand what you mean about the books. Apart from Madame Bovary, I have never enjoyed throwing away a book, no matter how damaged.


  3. Fanciful waft of light
    Line of poetry
    Brightens my day


    • Thanks, Carol – that was a modification of a “found” phrase – I jot down things as I see or hear them, and ages later come across them in my notebok, or worse, on the margins of newspapers or other scraps of paper.


  4. margo roby says:

    I like the poems as contra-images. I’ve been to the War Office museum a number of times, but I’ve never seen its topside quite so well displayed.
    I love the geode but I understand the discomfort. I was horrified when they tore covers off romances to send back to publishers for credit [my life at a bookstore period].


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