#beauty · #history · Christopher Marlowe · drama · madness

Divide and conquer

via Daily Prompt: Carve


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Christopher Marlowe [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Tamburlaine cut up the earth once upon a time in Marlowe’s brilliant text.

He marched across the map, laying claim with a stomp of his foot to the world he was conquering.

It is a moment of supreme madness, yet one of extreme beauty.

To carve  your place in places that do not belong to you, that is the madness.

The ferocity with which the character says “And this is mine” as he ravages the known-world, that is wherein lay the beauty.


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Quiet waters © 2015 Tamara Beck

via Daily Prompt: Cherish

Cherish life, appreciate love,

Worship, if you must, all that

Lies before you, the golden

Treasures of each lovely day

Cherish memories, appreciate

Everything you are given,

The moon, the river, time as it

Passes, like the waves from

Shore to shore, all this is

Precious, hold it close to

Your heart where all that

Is dear belongs, cherish the

Life you have, appreciate

Your love and hold it close


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Life is sweeter — Commenting

Life is sweeter when mixed with the bitter It’s an irony, they take the honeyed with the Strangely acerbic, and the alchemy takes the Sour from life, and lightens the heart, evens our Breathing, it seems we need the spectrum of Tastes to appreciate what each brings forth Sharp, acidic, sugary, spiced, mild and mellow […]

via Life is sweeter — Commenting

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Central Park 1970 (Tamara Beck, photographer)

As the weather turns from sultry to sublime,/

The leaves blush with the pleasure of the/

new season and in anticipation of a/

frosty sleep to come. In the Fall,/

time is their friend and ours.


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At Play

Photo © Tamara Beck

The waters ripple in the evening
Tide, the moon, their soul mate,
Hidden in a darkened sky is not
Playful, even as the river scampers
Across from shore to shore, released
From its daytime duties, away from
The sun, cloaked in darkness
Does it search for the moon’s light?
Or, is it content, running rapidly
On its own, hosting brightly-lit
Boats that appear like beacons
From time to time, lighting up
The dark riverscape, even if the
Moon will not peek out to help
Clarify and inform the water’s path

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Cloudy and grey

Photo © Tamara Beck

Lying low, so close overhead

It feels–or maybe only you do–

Like you can touch the sky

Billowy, little cotton pillows in

White/grey/gray-blue/ with touches

Of black or brighter, cleaner, more

Clorox and transparent white,

Pillowing above the treelines,

Over the buildings, so close

You can touch the sky

#beauty · #poem · #poetry · admiration · awe · East River

In the wake of

Quiet waters, billowing clouds © 2014 Tamara Beck

The wake, like a trail on a wedding

Gown, at first, like that dress, white

With the churning waters, then green

With a carpet fringe of the river rapids,

Demarking the passing of the ship,

A boat, a yacht, really, full-steam quick

And powerful, the green carpet left

Behind its pull, no less than a magic

Genie’s ride, dipping, swaying, and

Swelling, the swells mysterious and

Memorable, the memory of the yacht

That sailed by on this crisp clean day

Sings on the river, a wake now gone