For The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #63
Animal Hand Painting – http://www.damnfreshpics.com/2007/01/amazing-hand-painting-art.html
Tigers and Lions, Even Leopards, Okay?
In ever changing world, harsh words
uttered from thin angry lips
might quickly become black
and white snapshots, hanging
forever, like depressed targets,
in dimness of emotional memory.
A gesture, touch, other aggressive
acts, even when sent, or received
from a distance, can swiftly come
to stand alone as only map
Unless one chooses to learn
how to wear skin loosely,
like the big cats, protecting
vital organs in everyday battle
while nurturing self.
Elizabeth Crawford 7/1/12
Notes: When writing down the list of Brenda’s words, I got to the two words “thin,” and “skin” and was thrown back over thirty years ago to a very distinct memory of how I came
to learn the lesson referred to in this piece. The last stanza is a mere echo of another piece
I tried to write later, but buried deep because my college professor, at the time, used it as a lesson in his classroom about how “it was the most schizophrenic piece of writing” to ever cross his desk. He demonstrated that by walking around the room, making sure that every student in attendance saw the “skull and crossed-bones” he had drawn near half of the lines. I tried, on several occasions to redeem the poem, but it just wouldn’t work for me.
I have been slowly rereading through a lot of the material on my blogs and even found the story of how I learned this current lesson from an imaginary tiger in my Personal Mythology. You can read that backstory here: