Stones (3 May 1808)

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(3 May 1808 AD)

stones once thrown
can never be brought back
nor words once spoken
nor the bullet
once released
from musket or gun

here lies who knows who
face down in the dust
shirt soaked in blood
body pierced with lead

nor water time nor love
can ever flow back
beneath that bridge

some kneel some pray
some raise their eyes
to uncaring skies
every one of them dies
those waiting to be shot

even the soldiers
reloading their guns
never understand
how time’s tide runs
ebbs and then flows
until everyone goes

this you
lying face down
on cobble stones
well know



The poem is drawn in part from the Goya painting of the shootings, El tres de mayo de 1808. The painting above is a close-up of Geoff Slater’s latest mural, still in progress, at Macadam Railway Station in New Brunswick. “If only the stones could speak, what stories they would tell.” This re-post was inspired by a visit to Seasons of the Witch on  Mr. Cake’s Cake or Death site with its images of Goya’s Black Paintings. So, we have a continuing Goya mini-Fest, May the Second and May the third.

13 thoughts on “Stones (3 May 1808)

  1. Excellent again. I will have to visit the Goya painting. And the mural above is wonderful! How cool to have that inside the rail station! Philadelphia is a city of murals – it makes me happy to have been in a city dedicated to art.

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    • Art is so essential to our lives. It offers ambiguous meaning and stops propaganda in the sense of rabble-rousing and single-meaning thought-stopping chants. Sometimes we must just sit down and think, without any obvious answers. Then we must weigh up various possibilities.

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      • We have to. Three syllable football slogans are not the answer. They never were. Big hugs, Meg. Thanks for being there / here. Now go and watch ‘the sun go down on Galway Bay’. Because es, there will be a life hereafter and we must all light penny candles from a star … or try to anyway.

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      • Hugs back! Yes, 5 weeks to go. Take care Roger. I’ll read the next set of posts tomorrow. And with your permission I might reblog your article about Revisions.

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      • You always have my permission to reblog, Meg. It is quite the honor to be re-blogged by you. You may be interested in my notes from a writing workshop I gave in March: Writing Memories 1 (1-10). There are ten posts in the sequence.

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