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Lemurian Portrait – Ebony Wilder

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“Ebony Wilder,
Riversleigh housekeeper,
silver-y hair, blue hat,
 shells green peas,
with tea and sympathy,
orange frock,
and blue trim. 
Dreamy voice,
spinning tales,
stories emerge –
peas from the shell.
Ebony Wilder,
dropping surprised peas,
red ceramic bowl in her lap.
Green peas,
high seas,
sailor songs
of trea-che-ry,
china laden
wooden shelves, popping peas,
tales of high seas.”

(Lemurian Portrait – copyright Imogen Crest 2008.)

(Ebony Wilder, the Ms Marple style housekeeper of the Lemurian Abbey and Riversleigh Manor, is mild mannered by day. But you do need to know that Ebony has long associations with a smuggling ring and had connections to dubious seafaring types from China who purport to have bottled the Elixir of Creativity. Ebony is none other than the notorious Captain Ebony Wilder, whose exquisite mind and swashbuckling style was the talk of the Lemurian Seas, created by Heather Blakey, copyright image 2008.)

Written by imogen88

April 6, 2008 at 2:10 pm

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  1. Monika, I love your poem and how so many lines have a distinct rhythm.


    April 6, 2008 at 2:44 pm

  2. Ebony looks like such a kindly woman, one that a visitor would have no difficulty confiding in, and listening to any advice she might offer. A story teller, too, I don’t doubt. I can visualize children and grown-ups alike hanging on to her every word. Good work, Imogen, and Heather.



    April 6, 2008 at 3:09 pm

  3. Looks can be deceiving Vi 🙂 Her career on the high seas spans decades and she was not known for her kindly ways out there.

    What a fabulous poem Imogen. I am very excited by this and the whole idea of her stories emerging from the shells along with the peas. So cool!

    Heather Blakey

    April 6, 2008 at 9:55 pm

  4. On my first trip on the Calabar, Ebony abandoned me on the Island of the Bog People. However, the Captain was a wise bird and knew my time with the Bog people would only make me better able to traverse the wild realm of Lemuria……….


    April 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm

  5. Your comment is right on, Lori! Ebony/The Captain does have two sides, “a wise bird” is a good way of saying it. Loved reading all the comments here, thank you. I enjoyed writing this piece, just out of the blue. I have always liked this image, I think it just “talked” to me!

    “I am very excited by this and the whole idea of her stories emerging from the shells along with the peas. So cool!” — Heather, I agree with you. She looks like she is constantly thinking of a tale, while shelling the peas.


    April 7, 2008 at 10:50 am

  6. She looks so sweet and innocent with that bowl full of peas! Excellent poem!


    April 7, 2008 at 11:14 am

  7. Ebony’s domestic and docile when she’s shelling peas on land, but don’t turn your back on her when she’s at sea. Wonderful imagery!


    April 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm

  8. should all adventurers looks so sweet and docile at the end of their travails 🙂
    I bet she has some amazing tales to tell


    April 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm

  9. Although, really, you have to have a wide ruthless streak to run a large household well – I imagine that while Ebony looks mild in her housekeeping role, she’s still much the same as the sea-going Ebony! Love the poem!


    April 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm

  10. Peas as poetry! I love the onomotopoetic component, and the precision as the peas are used as punctuation. Alliteration was accidental, actually. till then.


    April 8, 2008 at 5:46 am

  11. Even as she sits and shells those peas, I KNEW Ebony was a lady with a past. Monika, you’ve added even more depth to her. 🙂


    April 9, 2008 at 1:47 am

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