Friend or Foe?

November PAD Challenge Day 9:  (blank) or (blank)
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/poetry-prompts/2011-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-9

Friend Or Foe?

Circled or squared,
straight line or curved,
do better with both
than rebellious words
of late.

Drawn lines don’t speak,
even though they tell
sometimes beautiful
stories, but words demand
a reason, purpose, definition.
Seek explanation for being
picked up, put wherever,
whenever I finally
choose destination.

Words come at me
like bullies, seasoned
pugilists, gloved fists
in air, steady, ready
to start a fight.

While drawn lines
seemingly only want
to make friends, hold
hands for however
long they are needed
to connect.

Elizabeth Crawford  11/9/11

Notes: Am using pen and ink doodling ( like the Zendala above) to help me with the struggle with the urge to smoke. Writing has been intrinsically entwined with the cigarettes, so has become very difficult at times. I would hate to have the words become permanent foes, so I’m trying to remain in a similar ballpark, pen in hand.

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3 Responses to Friend or Foe?

  1. Mary says:

    I like the way you compare words’ effect on you with lines’ effect on you. Lines want to make friends, and words are bullies. I love the way you think.

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  2. Jinksy says:

    I’m intrigued by the symmetry. Do you have enormous control of your pen/hand/eye, or do you draw one segment and digitally reproduce it to create a whole? I love the undulating movement in the outer rings of this design, as well as its light, feathery, flowery feel.
    Also loved the rhythm in these words :-
    “Circled or squared,
    straight line or curved..”.

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  3. anl4 says:

    I like this very much… let’s hold hands, and not fight, with those feisty words. We’ll draw a line around them, draw a door and show they the way out.

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