Xerophilous

 
NaPoWriMo – day 25
and for Brenda’s Sunday Wordle: cheap, tissue, pinwheels, diminished, creep, eternal, tattoos, steal, quenching, replenish, piquant, squeeze, sharp
 

Card 118, Gallery 2

Xerophilous

I wondered if only plants could be xerophilous
     or if people could be, too.

A Northern Light
__  Jennifer Donnelly

Knows she can survive
in sometimes dry tissue
thin environment where
words are cheap, lack
any but surface meaning.

Not diminished by squeezed
existence, she creeps quietly
away, stealing moments here,
and there, in order to replenish
soul’s eternal need for deeper
sense of being.

Thoughts released, become
piquant pinwheels seeking
to quench her thirst for ever
more knowledge. Rippling
rainbow tattoos seen only
by inner eye well-trained in
finding vague connections
of color, shape and form.

Awareness, once again sharpened,
she knows this to be her Normal.

Elizabeth Crawford  4/25/11

Notes: The word xerophilous means adapted to drought, able to live, survive in dry regions. Although it refers to plants, I, like the main character in the book quoted above, thought it could easily apply to people as well.

I did use all thirteen words in Brenda’s wordle, which can be found here :
http://sundaywhirl.blogspot.com/2011/04/bakers-dozen-1.html?showComment=1303649993824#c6579131947839191055

Soul Cards: both galleries may be viewed by clicking on the image. The Soul Cards were created by Deborah Koff-Chapin, and her site may be found here:  http://www.touchdrawing.com/

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14 Responses to Xerophilous

  1. Excellent use of the words!

    Thank you James, glad you enjoyed it,

    Elizabeth

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  2. She’s adapting to difficult surroundings and conditions, while still retaining a sense of purpose.

    Absolutely correct Stan, but she believes she has a secret weapon. Thanks again for your summary,

    Elizabeth

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  3. vivinfrance says:

    Even taken literally, your words made the hairs on my neck rise – I don’t know why, but it frightened me. Your writing is always so powerful, and does real justice to the wordle.
    ViV

    Viv, it wasn’t my intent to frighten anyone. Sorry. Thanks for thinking it’s powerful,

    Elizabeth

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  4. jinksy says:

    Rippling
    rainbow tattoos seen only
    by inner eye

    Oh, yes! 🙂

    Thanks Jinksy, one of my favorites in this one,

    Elizabeth

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  5. Tilly Bud says:

    Didn’t even notice the wordle words – sign of a good poem.

    Glad you liked it Tilly Bud, and thank you,

    Elizabeth

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  6. Mary says:

    Terrific, to be able to incorporate the words into a poem related to the soul card. This must have been quite a challenge, and you accomplished it beautifully.

    A few of the words were definantly a challenge, and I was quite pleased when it all fell together. Thanks Mary for continuing to follow along,

    Elizabeth

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  7. brenda w says:

    Beautiful Elizabeth…I appreciate all of the comments on your piece, because they provide different ideas. An environment with a dearth of words would be a difficult place for me to adapt. Your narrator’s strength is inspired.
    ~Brenda

    Thank you Brenda, for thinking so, I find all of this a bit like magic.

    Elizabeth

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  8. pamela says:

    Elizabeth, I also, didn’t notice the wordle words. A wonderful poem.

    Pamela

    Pamela, thank you. I rather enjoyed the way you put the words together as well,

    Elizabeth

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  9. Wow, interpretation of the card, profound teachings and a wordle, all in the same poem. Quite wonderful, Elizabeth! I love the creeping away to replenish the spirit, and the understanding that the need for deep awareness is her Normal. Wonderful writing.

    I thank you my friend for your continued support and encouragement. I also liked what you did with this image.

    Elizabeth

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  10. Gloria says:

    Brilliant response for Brenda’s word list! Bravo!!! My product of the wordle words is at, http://got-2-write.blogspot.com/2011/04/evening.html but it doesn’t compare to yours. Your writing is beautiful!

    Thank you Gloria, but each voice has its own message and quality. I liked what you did with the words,

    Elizabeth

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  11. Mr. Walker says:

    “she knows this to be her Normal” – such a wonderful last line – it’s beautiful. And the rest of the poem builds up to it so well. A good take on those wordle words. And thanks for “xerophilous” – what a great word!

    Mr. Walker, the whole book, mentioned in this post, is full of such words and explorations of their meanings. It is aimed at a young adult audience, but I found it fascinating. Thanks for your comments, they are always appreciated,

    Elizabeth

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  12. M.A.S says:

    I haven’t yet tried a wordle. This was very nice. I really like your description and use of “tissue” in the beginning too.

    Mike

    Thank you Mike, wordles are just word puzzles of another kind,

    Elizabeth

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  13. lucychili says:

    a gentle flowing poem

    Thank you very much Lucychili, glad you enjoyed,

    Elizabeth

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  14. Somehow I thought of the cat, and how she might replenish herself by looking at the beauty of the landscape, because words have only surface meaning and do not nurture. Love images.

    I am acquainted with a number of felines and you may be on to something. They seem to be able to take it or leave it as far as people are concerned and that might mean something about our element of beauty or lack thereof. Thanks for the thoughts,

    Elizabeth

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