Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tin Man



The Tin Man stands on the brink of history, his gaze cast to and fro. He watches the ripples in time, as his young wards grow and change. He is patient in his observance, an  inch here are there, voices changing octaves, minds expanding. What once was trepidation or curiosity about him, slowly fades until they barely notice, but he does.

There is a constant flow of new children coming and others leaving, he stands by the stream content. Does he wonder where they go? Some come back on occasion, and others when they have little ones of their own. On days when it rains, tears plink as they drip, knowing they will not come out to play today.

The silent golem remembers a time before his creation, in pieces. A fullness in his cans and pipes, until the day of discard. Watching as his maker, took each pieces with care, putting it in just the right place. Granting him new life, then giving him the greatest gift to watch the same, within those that see it with fresh eyes.

Thoughts on a statue that stands in the courtyard, by the playground, at my son's school. I don't know the artist, maybe a student themselves, giving back to the institution, teachers and friends that gave to them. 

11 comments:

Daniel said...

This is pretty neat and your take on it (or him) is great.

Poetikat said...

A couple of questions: Was your use of the word "cast" an intentional pun? Doesn't the Tin Man scare a few kids? I'm sure it would have frightened me, but then I was fearful of the Old Maid in the deck of cards.

Kat

tony said...

A Silent Witness & Guard. A (post)Modern Knight in Shining Amour!

California Girl said...

You know what? That is wonderful prose. Deeply felt observations on the one with the heart. Wonderfully whimsical creation too. Bet the children like it alot.

Candie Bracci said...

cool :)

California Girl said...

check out Coffee Messiah today.

Baino said...

He does look a little severe but great that new life is given to old things.

Ronda Laveen said...

I love his collar bone and sternum. He looks so strong and solid. Someone the kids can count on.

Brian Miller said...

lol. logan was arguing that he is silver not tin, but seems more gold. He added to the fun of the egg hunt a few weeks back as we hid them within him. its all fun to the kids.

Leah said...

I think that is so cool. My daughter's school has a stone Hittite ram in the lobby that watches over the children, similarly. I do love what you wrote about it.

Cuppa Jo said...

Great statue. I love thinking of stories to art, makes it personal. Thanks for sharing.