South by South-West


photo by Mishunderstood, dVerse host today

I am a creature of Northern places.
green and fertile temperate spaces.
South-West to me was Cornwall –
a rugged rocky Celtic land
explored on holiday.

South-West nowadays means Pyrenees,
a savage wall I’ve only seen
from a safe distance
or read about in books ─
Laurie Lee walked there one morning
to fight a Spanish war.

South-West North America
remains fictional for me ─
cowboys and Indians, fantasies,
the films and stories of my youth
unlikely to be re-visited.



For Mish’s interesting prompt at dVerse Poetics


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18 Responses to South by South-West

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Love your take on this, Viv. 🙂 YOUR home is a mystery to me. 😉


  2. Grace says:

    I haven’t been there either but I can imagine it, smiles ~ I hope to visit these cities someday soon ~


  3. Don’t say you’ve never been invited, Viv. :0) This made me think of the novel, The Nightingale, about the French resistance during WWII–have you read it? One of the best I’ve read in a long time (along with All the Light You Cannot See). But I digress.

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  4. I like that you shared your respect at a distance for the history found there! Very nice!

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  5. Patti says:

    The US southwest is probably not much different than the southwest anywhere. It’s all in the eye of the movie director, but behind the scenes, beautiful and ugly, safe and dangerous, generous and grasping, friendly and not.

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  6. I love the ending, that the Southwest is a myth. As Bjorn says, it remains a bit mythical even if you have been there.

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  7. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Such a wonderful capture of history in your verse Viv 🙂

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  8. Jim says:

    Love it, Viv. I can’t recognize left or right without a prompt or complicated thinking, so I dote on E, W, and N, S. If it helps your imaging, I rode a horse to high school, three miles each way, in Nebraska, MidWest U.S, where I grew up.
    We have lived in Texas now though, since 1956-1961 (El Paso) and 1964-present (Houston area) with a three year break in New Hampshire. We don’t have hay fed horses in the cities, but do have two petrol drinking Mustang, Ford cars. Also have two guns, a large percentage have those, good guys and gals and the bad ones. And not everyone likes Ted Cruz, us for two.
    I came from your recent comment at Bjorn’s. Since I stopped Six Word Saturday posting until things settle here, it’s been a long time since I’ve visited you. I hope you are staying well and are keeping busy staying happy. Wishes for your daughter and her family too.
    BTW, a few years back we drove over the Pyrenees, from Carcasonne to Barcelona. We spent two days and nights in Andorra. Andorra was missing from my ‘small country’ visits in Europe.

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    • Good to see you here, Jim. I wish you didn’t have those guns though. Guns breed guns breed death.


      • Jim says:

        I’ve never shot either one. One is my dad’s old 1920’s Montgomery Ward 22 gauge hunting rifle and the other is also inherited, a Spanish 9mm pistol from a company now out of business. Plus I still have my 1940’s childhood Red Ryder BB gun.
        Yes, I too am pretty much anti gun, except for mine. Definitely anti-carry. I hope we don’t get like the old Wild Wild West with a lot of shoot-outs. We had one of those here last night at a Sonic Drive-in Restaurant. Two people sitting in their car to eat died, drugs were involved. All four or more had guns but the killers fled the scene, driving a blue Honda.

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  9. I like how you explore the different meanings the term can have for each of us.

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  10. Mish says:

    There is a strong sense of history reflected into much of the scenery there. I like the contrasts you make. Thanks for sharing your take on the prompt, Viv. 🙂

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  11. tialys says:

    Ooer! Greetings from the ‘savage wall’. 😉

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  12. I think the US Southwest remains a myth even when you’ve been there… I lived there during almost a year, so I got part of it engraved inside… (in reality I probably lived in the southwest of Sweden)


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