Winged (Thursday Doors)

I was not lost;
feathers pivoted me–
a serial habit—(I see
guardians and I pause)–
a fresh encounter, winged, recrossed
my feet–doorway the cause–
where angels watched

I think this is meant to be an angel, although it’s a dour one. The wings were what first caught my eye, and then I noticed the birds framing the window above. There’s another winged being in the triangle above the window.

As is often the case, from a distance the building is unremarkable. But now when I pass by every building I’m looking closely to see how it’s embellished.

Because it’s a garden floor entrance, the wings were at eye level. I backed up and checked it out.

The other window has faces for its flowers and a fierce bird or dragon with multiple wings in the triangle above.

My poem is a star sevlin, for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday which has as its prompt this week synonyms for the words new and experience. I’ve also included three podcast names for Merril’s dVerse Poetics, although I’m not totally sure adding and ed to pivot counts.

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56 responses to “Winged (Thursday Doors)”

  1. Dan Antion says :

    Thanks for including Thursday Doors in your many challenges. You did a great job of satisfying the goals. I wonder if the carvings were designed as a set, or if the artists were given the freedom to carve whatever they liked. It’s a lot of work, but it makes a lovely entrance.

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  2. SelmaMartin says :

    I love it all. Thanks K blessings for a spectacular year. Xoxo

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  3. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Wonderful poem and superb doors Marta🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  4. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    I love your doors and windows! The birds are extraordinary. I always wonder what these embellishments mean and why the architects chose them. It a great poem and I loved the birds.

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  5. dorahak says :

    “Feathers pivoted me” — And me too! An exquisite turn of phrase.

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  6. Teagan Riordain Geneviene says :

    Kerfe your poem is beautiful and just right for these photos. Yes, that’s a very unusual face. It almost looks like a cat… yet it also reminds me of “man in the moon” faces from that era. Interesting.
    I hope your New Year is off to a great start. Hugs.

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  7. Ingrid says :

    There are always angels watching…

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  8. msjadeli says :

    Kerfe, I could be wrong on this, but that first engraving is a “winged soul effigy,” and I say that because Paul, a fellow blogger, takes lots of pics in cemeteries and that is a motif I see there quite a bit. Here’s a link to one: https://thewonderfulworldofcolor77109243.wordpress.com/2022/12/15/winged-soul-effigy/ I’m sure he could tell you more about them.

    Wonderful decoration and you’re right, the buildings seem unremarkable (for NYC) until you take a closer look.

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  9. merrildsmith says :

    Your opening lines apply to me, as well:
    “I was not lost;
    feathers pivoted me–
    a serial habit”

    I love the entire post, the poem, and the doors and windows. Those embellishments are wonderful. (Pivoted probably doesn’t count, but you got two others in. 😏)

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  10. Liz Gauffreau says :

    You have such interesting architcture where you live!

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  11. Jill Kuhn says :

    Wow! You make some amazing finds!

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  12. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    Those are some of the coolest windows and doors yet, dour angel and all! Glad your serial habit has you pivoting and then sharing your finds with us.

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  13. D. Wallace Peach says :

    I can imagine that you’ve trained your eye to notice doors and windows and beautiful architecture, Kerfe. This one had such a variety of interesting features and faces. A lovely poem to accompany your wandering.

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  14. jazzytower says :

    I think all these carvings tell a story. The question is what. I suppose it’s whatever you make it. Nice post, K

    Pat

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  15. yvettemcalleiro says :

    I love the connection between your poem and the door ornaments, Kerfe! Well done!

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂
    http://yvettemcalleiro.blogspot.com

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  16. willowdot21 says :

    Nicely done 💜

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  17. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    Sometimes it only takes a feather.

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  18. ben Alexander says :

    Kerfe, this is a seemingly seamless shadorma! ❤ (despite it being a collage of prompts!)

    ~David

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  19. S Greene says :

    What beautiful architecture and a wonderful poem to go with it! Thank you so much for sharing 😊

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  20. Bela Johnson says :

    I love this. It’s easy to overlook anything that one is inundated with. I would imagine (for it’s all i can do) that living in a city, buildings can blur into a whole, as one goes about one’s business. Believe it or not, I can actually do that with trees. (Forest for the trees and all that implies.) I think it’s human nature really. So it’s great that you have decided to stop and focus on details. Your photographs demonstrate this. Well done! 😍

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  21. neil reid says :

    Think I missed this one first time around. Well OK, I enjoyed it today. You’re so right about the details – amazing imaginations in play here. Such a different attitude they held back then. Me, I lean into simplicity but these elaborations are like frosting on a cake, enjoyable seeing. Thanks.

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