Friday, February 6, 2015

Betty, Betty...This Week's Wikem Word:Zoetrope

 this week's wikem explores the words Zoetrope

As the cylinder spins, the user looks through the slits at the pictures... wikipedia

His trembling hand reaches to touch her
But loses her
In the flicker of years
Like shadows on a tree-lined lane-way
She is there,
Then disappears

He opens his mouth to tell her
How lovely
Are her lips
Then stares,
Who is this stranger
Beneath his fingertips?

He calls to her
Betty, Betty,
She answers,
Soft and kind
But he seems to be looking
For someone he cannot find

© Janet Martin


  1. Oh, this is heartbreaking. I feel so sorry for both, the man and the woman. Don't know who's suffering more.

    "Like shadows on a tree-lined lane-way
    She is there,
    Then disappears..."

    Love this.

    1. Oh, it is so hard to watch someone die while they are still here.It teaches us to truly value each other while we can, doesn't it?

      Thank-you for introducing me to the word zoetrope. I like this word and it finally describes the feeling I have when we drive down a tree-shadow lined lane-way:)


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