On Writing, Poetry

Distractio #AtoZChallenge

4 Apr , 2019  


From the mire and muck, uprooted,
Trunk packed, and limbs exfoliated,
Lifting branches to the morning sky
She learns from mourning doves to fly.


Either we shall die, or we shall live
And living’s hard, but death’s a bore:
Eternal snore! So there’s the choice –
Death’s silence, or Life’s grating voice.

diazeugma and digressio

Wandering through the forest, I
plucked at its foliage,
ate of its fruit,
slept in its shade,
and left no trace…
save for this poem. But
if there’s no one in the woods, no one
to read,
to hear,
to taste,
to feel,
to love,
have I left it better than it was?

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8 Responses

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    Interesting ‘D’ words. I’m happy with life and hope to keep going a long time to come, but I don’t know that death’s a bore–not ready to find out yet though!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    • See “E” if it’s not clear, yet, what is the inspiration for this month’s poems. It’s not a theme, just inspiration and wordplay. 🙂

      I don’t know about death. I like to believe in reincarnation – in the possibility of another “E ticket” ride (if you love Disney and are over 40, you should get the reference) – there are so many things one cannot do in just one lifetime.

      But if, as some believe, death is a long sleep – an end to all, a nothingness – then yes, it would be boring if only we had anything left to be bored WITH. (Interesting dilemma – if it’s like a dreamless, deep, and restful sleep, then it’s not boring, but only seems to to contemplate while living.)

      I’m not sure I believe in Heaven. I don’t believe in Hell (I see it as a boogeyman – a tale to scare the living daylights out of would-be wrongdoers. I personally think that if your faith and your morals and your concern for other living creatures needs the fear of eternal lakes of fire and damnation, it’s kind of weak. If you choose to behave kindly and well (if imperfectly) because it’s just the RIGHT thing to do – as in the Golden Rule – then you probably do not have to worry about Hell either way. And it’s kind of a grown-up thing to do.

      I don’t presume to KNOW, though, nor do I feel – at this point in my life – any need to convince others that I do, or that they ought to mend their ways, or do as they please, or any of that. It’s an interesting thing to ponder, in any case, so long as in pondering, we don’t HURT people.

  2. Holly,

    Your commentary is often as illuminating as the main text! I think your source of inspiration is pretty cool.



    • Thank you! 🙂 I’m learning as I write – some of those are worse than the little arcane rules of grammar. You know, where you know a thing is right or wrong, but you’ll be damned if you can remember the RULE that codifies the WHY? So much of this we do unconsciously. It’s almost harder to give deliberate examples.

      • Well, I think that site is more for those who are in the business of classifying stuff. Each such group of arcanologists has its own secret language, secret handshake and rebel yell at the conventions.

        Linguists have their orthography. Epistemologists have their theory of descriptions. The python coders have the split() method. LOL

        Quirky, folk, all.



      • Yes, I get that – but I DO have a degree in Rhetoric and Writing, and I’ll be damned if I remember any of that. LOL

      • But, you’re not in the BUSINESS of rhetoric. 🙂 You can be forgiven. I had many courses in knowledge, the content of which I can no longer summon. Our brains are wonderful, but, still…LOL



      • Our brains can be very efficient at cleaning out the unused bits – far better than I or my PC!

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