An Odd Assortment of Things


Anthony, at dVerse Poetics,  has served up a cocktail of words he would like us incorporate into a poem. Here’s my effort. I was able to use all of them.

Photo: treeaware.blogspot.com

Photo: treeaware.blogspot.com

 

An Odd Assortment of Things…

 

that make me happy or sad,

of which I’ll leave the reader to discern:

the way the sun casts light though beveled glass,

thus spewing rainbows on the walls and ceiling;

pernicious maladies with foreign names, exotic—

robbing us of quality of life— Meniere’s, Vitiglio, Klinefelter;

those souls whose love of self is so diminished

they must tunnel behind Persona’s tattered mask;

early morning when the trees allow their leaves

a dance with shadows to the songs of finches;

a door that’s waiting to be opened, inviting,

or one that’s nailed shut through fear;

an old one’s face that’s etched, that’s luminous,

that caches wisdom of so many years;

those allegories life serves up to those

who learn to watch, to see and listen well;

tectonic plates that clash, destroying those

who dare to straddle boundaries;

messiahs draped in fraud, would-be, that is,

seducing childhood from its innocence;

and epochal pronouncements that restrain,set free,

that set the earth on fire,

that flood her with the warmth of love

or with the chill of hatred,

that shatter every thought

that clings to Status Quo.

 

The words: messiah, allegory, luminous, plate, shadow, door, persona, glass, vitiglio, epochal, pernicious, warmth. Anthony would have us use at least five of them!

 

 

 

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19 thoughts on “An Odd Assortment of Things

  1. Imelda says:

    Your words are luminous, if I may borrow the prompt word. :-)

  2. kaykuala says:

    who dare to straddle boundaries;
    messiahs draped in fraud, would-be, that is,
    seducing childhood from its innocence;
    and epochal pronouncements that restrain,set free,

    There are elements who go beyond the norms just to be irritants. It is tolerable but to a point. One has to make a stand, otherwise! Great word craft Victoria!

    Hank

  3. Loved every line….something to think………….Great!

  4. lynndiane says:

    Excellent take on the challenge! Love your rambling assortment here, especially “an old one’s face that’s etched, that’s luminous, that caches wisdom of so many years.”

  5. a thought provoking poem that seesaws and takes in so much truth. Beautifully written.

  6. Gabriella says:

    I enjoyed the collection of your thoughts, Victoria! I particularly like your early mornings.

  7. Glenn Buttkus says:

    “& in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.”–Beatles; a wonderful & creative use of the words, Victoria; as some of us are brave enough to dance to the songs of finches, the cajoling of crows, the inspirations of eagles, the hopes of herons; you hooked me hard with this one, dear lady.

  8. claudia says:

    the nailed doors and souls whose love is so diminished… the tunneling behind persona’s tattered mask.. you put in quite a lot here combined with an excellent and unforced use of the words

  9. Changes – all that changes – some for good a lot for bad.. Lots of false messiahs out there.. But still that flood of love.. We need more of that.. And status quo is not always good either

  10. margaret says:

    “messiahs draped in fraud, would-be, that is,
    seducing childhood from its innocence;”

    I would never have known this was from a word list… excellent.

  11. ayala says:

    You did it! Great!

  12. Holy canoli, you rocked this. Way to go.

  13. Abhra Pal says:

    Absolutely wonderful write Victoria – I love how your canvas widen and capture so much with so little.

  14. Grace says:

    I specially love this part:

    those souls whose love of self is so diminished
    they must tunnel behind Persona’s tattered mask;
    early morning when the trees allow their leaves
    a dance with shadows to the songs of finches;

    Gorgeous writing Victoria ~

  15. Wonderful write, Victoria.

    Your words speaks wisdom and honestly.

    I like this very much. :)

  16. brian miller says:

    ah i think i can discern pretty easy which are which…smiles…i rather like the sun play, but have little patience for false messiahs….one thing i will say are those maladies are often great equalizers in making us face our own false personas…

  17. That is a little hard-hitting… to shatter what has been the norm, but which has been riddled by fear, pain and hatred. Thoughtful and thought-provoking.

  18. Mary says:

    Wonderful thoughts…sometime the status quo needs to be shattered.

  19. Great write, Victoria.

    those souls whose love of self is so diminished

    they must tunnel behind Persona’s tattered mask…

    yep – it all comes down to self love, definitely… your use of the words
    is stellar!

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