Lesson Learned

November PAD Challenge Day 13: The prompt for today is to write a kind poem http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/poetry-prompts/2011-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-13

And for The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #30 bees, balance, cleaning, coral, finger, eloquent, motionless, safety, rapidly, point, strength, swivel

Lesson Learned

With assumed eloquent kindness,
she said nothing about the poem.
Swiveled her chair while pointing
finger out window, where bees
balanced on air, just above delicate
coral-colored blooms.

For a moment, I remained
motionless, then rapidly sought
safety in nearby chair.
Distractedly cleaning glasses,
I prayed for strength not to ask
her opinion, again.

Elizabeth Crawford 11/13/11


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11 Responses to Lesson Learned

  1. What a beautiful telling of a painful experience, Elizabeth. Yikes! I love the bees balancing above the blooms. Such a lovely visual – alongside the pointing finger, turned away from the heartfelt poem. Wow.


  2. brenda w says:

    This is familiar, Elizabeth, it strikes a chord. I agree with Sherry about the visual. The distraction pulled me away from the dismissal her silence carries. Of course it surfaced again in the second stanza, and oh, how I know that feeling of wanting and fearing response.


  3. Mary says:

    Gut-level writing, Elizabeth. Many of us probably share similar experiences. Some just don’t see to “get” poetry OR poets. Well wordled.


  4. Susannah says:

    Oooh you’ve really captured a moment here Elizabeth! And you did it so well.
    I love where the wordle words took you and enjoyed the beautiful image of . . .
    “bees balanced on air”
    The wordle words sent me ‘up in the air’ this week.


  5. Laurie Kolp says:

    I’m really enjoying your work lately, Elizabeth!


  6. Elizabeth, this is something all of us can relate to at some point. You have painted the picture vividly with the words.



  7. Nanka says:

    The sadness balanced with the pleasure of watching “where bees balanced on air”!! Nicely wordled!!


  8. Your works always please me. You touch the core..



  9. Mike Patrick says:

    Wonderful poem. This is not a disaster unless she is a family member. Then, there is no escape.


  10. Janet says:

    This is great….I love how you leave us wondering:)


  11. b_y says:

    What a great economy of scene (and prompts). I like what you did with “cleaning”–it was the hard one for me.


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