Ages Past


Never shun a glory low and faded

But stand upon the backs of ages

Climb the columns and tangle hands

In vines wreathing alabaster span

Green touch of time on ruined might

As flowers strewn on graves incite

A soft fatality, a delight sublime

In wondrous crafts of bygone times


Copyright Elizabeth Cook 2013

28 thoughts on “Ages Past

  1. words and image fit well together – where was the photo taken ? off the wall i would guess the South- a former plantation – but probably wrong
    thank you for the post

    1. I’m afraid I don’t know, I happened to see the picture and I knew right away that this was it! And thank you for the comment 🙂


  2. ‘Green touch of time on ruined might

    As flowers strewn on graves incite’

    i certainly didn’t need that incredible picture, your words took me there. exquisite, Lily.
    heh, we both used alabaster in our poems today. 🙂

    keep the light.

    1. That’s really wonderful to hear, thank you! And I noticed that – you know, I am still debating between alabaster and marble 😛


      1. hhmm… i think you have more options than i do, describing her skin as marble might not get the reaction i anticipated. 🙂

        and thanks for liking my first conciously metered poem and the tulip pic. i love tulips, don’t ever seem to have enough!

        1. Haha that is true, marble skin takes on a knew meaning! I also love tulips, and since I am Canadian and live in Ottawa, they have a special meaning for me 🙂


          1. in my front yard garden at the last house i owned, i planted 1500 tulip and daf bulbs. it was quite the spring bloom!

            so, i’m unfamiliar with the Canada, Ottawa connection to tulips…

  3. Don’t think it’s a southern plantation. Been around enough of them and as fancy as literature would like to make them they’re just not that ornate. Looks European to me. Whatever it is, Lily, you’ve given it proper honor. This is a really nice piece.

    1. Ah, well then it will be a great European mystery! Thank you Paul, I really wanted to express the nostalgia I feel sometimes 🙂


      1. I should probably learn to use Photoshop so I can make amazing combinations like the one from these two pictures. It really boggles my mind sometimes, what people can do.

        Hopefully your work got more entertaining!


  4. Beautiful poem! Love “green touch of time on ruined might.” The photo is gorgeous and compliments your work. Thank you for commenting on my blog!

    1. Thank you – your poem was golden, mine green! I appreciate your visit, and it was a pleasure to read and comment on your blog 🙂


    1. That’s great to hear, tempo is what lets me memorize things so I’m happiest when it works out well in a poem! And it was my pleasure 😉


  5. I love it when a photo inspires me to write (when I have time). You’ve done a wonderful job with both here! I love the image and I love your interpretation, words that give it the meaning, as well. 😀

  6. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than
    just your articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and all.

    However think of if you added some great photos or video clips to give your
    posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and video clips, this
    blog could undeniably be one of the best in its field.

    Terrific blog!

    1. I have been away and I’m sorry to be replying to this so late – thank you for these suggestions! I am very happy to know that you think that the content is good! And I do agree with you about the sparseness of the visual aids. While I often hesitate to use images that I have not created, in this age such scruples are becoming downright silly.

      I have paired a picture with my latest post, the first in a “seeming age” 😛

      Thank you,

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