the journey doesn’t end here…

But she really did love those tiles.

They were hand made

and placed with loving

carelessness, in haste.


She picked them for practicality

for their water proof qualities

she thought,

(not thinking about salt water, of course),

and their quirkiness,

something different for everyone.


He helped her peel them off,

“it’s time for a renovation”, he said.

And they exchanged those looks.

The knowing one she thought she always had

he now wore.


Because really, he knew this was no renovation.

It was simply an unveiling.

(‘Cursum Perficio’ was engraved on tiles in the entrance to Marilyn Monroe’s last home. It wasn’t actually in mind when I started writing this, it came afterwards, hence the title…)

song meaning




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    And in time more tiles will be pulled up and others put down in their place. Another excellent poem Vanessa that will keep me thinking.

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      Thank you for taking time to read, and comment, I really do appreciate your interest and support.
      I guess this one is in the hopes that not so many tiles will be put down again, maybe put in wise and strategic places, but not to be completely covered.
      I was so happy when I thought of that song, and how it ties in to MM, and to the toll fame takes on people, and the armour they use, or don’t, the coping mechanisms all people use to cope, or not. And this is a tribute to friends and loved ones who help us with such things, and do lovely things, like plant seeds to start blogs and whatnot 🙂

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    “Because really, he knew this was no renovation.
    It was simply an unveiling.”

    You ended this piece with a punch. It’s haunting and makes me want to read more. Truly, the journey doesn’t end here… Well done, Vanessa! 🙂

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    Oh, Vanessa!! This was such a joy to read! I loved it on several levels- clever, revealing of he and she, deep contemplation of time and points of view and just Fun! Bravo, My Dear!!! And I am so loving your visits and our chit, chat!

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hi. friendly banter is always welcome.

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