Living Lesson

For The Sunday Whirl poetry prompt: Wordle #90
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wordle #90

Living Lesson

Takes careful daily practice
perfecting habit created
to obtain semblance of clarity.

Awake early each morning,
slowing own breath for this venture
in learning how to listen.

Feel giddy tumult within
as it quietly begins:
whisper-soft step of words

come to ignite cleansing fire
meant to hold at bay, for another day,
bitter wave of forever cold silence.

Elizabeth Crawford  1/6/2013

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18 Responses to Living Lesson

  1. vivinfrance says:

    Elizabeth, once again we have taken the same direction with the wordle. Yours is real poetry, whereas mine is prosaic!

    And once again I say, no comparisons. We each follow some inner means to arrive at where we end up. How we get there is only half the fun and when we arrive, we can all celebrate, because we did it. I’m just glad and grateful, we old ladies have once again made it to the festivities. Besides, I really liked your list poem.

    Elizabeth

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  2. Robyn says:

    important living lessons in your poem!

    Thank you Robyn, I would have to agree, they are for me,

    Elizabeth

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  3. Stan Ski says:

    I’m going to have to do my homework! Great post!

    I do a bit each day and still fall behind Stan. Thanks for reading,

    Elizabeth

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  4. drpkp says:

    Reads like a meditative benediction – Lovely 🙂

    Thanks pkp, perhaps not so much a benediction as a reminder of what gets me out of bed each day,

    Elizabeth

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  5. anl4 says:

    I like this one very much!

    So glad that you do, thanks Annell,

    Elizabeth

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  6. margo roby says:

    My smile, wry, grew as I read. I have been in some of these places, but it’s not easy to articulate and you have. I think that’s what I love about the wordles, that they give us a framework [albeit fluid] to start with. They allow things to happen to our poetry that might otherwise not. Thank you.

    margo

    Margo, I think the wordles are a particular type of challenge to find our own singnature stroke (voice) while using someone else’s choice of words. Never an easy task, but as you said, it definitely can and does lead to many, sometimes wonderful surprises. The words this week, were chomping at the bit, even as I wrote out the list. Within fifteen minutes of doing so, I had used all twelve and had a basic structure and completed idea to work with. Really love it, when that happens. All that was left was to tweak it and make it mine. Thanks for the wry smile,

    Elizabeth

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  7. nan says:

    Very nice. I tried to do something similar. As drpkp said above, this reads like a meditative benediction, and I found that the words did that for me also.

    Thank you Nan, you did a lot more than try. I really like what you created and it resonated deeply.

    Elizabeth

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  8. brenda w says:

    breathe… lovely, Elizabeth.

    When I first saw what you had written, I immediately heard Anna Nalick’s song in my head, “Breathe, just breathe..” Glad you enjoyed. I loved your poem and the bright element of synchronicity it to brought to my day. Thanks Brenda,

    Elizabeth

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  9. Mary says:

    I love the ‘whisper-soft step of words’…and also the idea of a ‘cleansing fire.’ My mind enjoyed working with our images.

    Thanks so much Mary and I’m glad you found things worth thinking about. That’s always good to hear,

    Elizabeth

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  10. Sherry Marr says:

    So lovely, that whispered trail of words and the mystery it leads us into…….beautiful writing, Elizabeth, as always.

    It leads us to our own heartbeat, Sherry. Like Rilke said, there we must sit awhile and learn how to listen until we find our own truth. Thank you Sherry for always being here,

    Elizabeth

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  11. Pamela says:

    Learning to listen, love that bit, Elizabeth. It is something I work on every day. Love what you did with the words.

    Pamela

    Thank you Pamela, I think learning to listen, especially to our own thoughts and feelings, is a life long endeavor. And one that is far too often ignored.

    Elizabeth

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  12. Misky says:

    Love ‘whisper soft steps of words’, Elizabeth. Lovely poem.

    And I found delight, music, and a strong message in yours, Misky. Thanks for the visit,

    Elizabeth

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  13. irene says:

    Full of presence!

    Thank you Irene, I’ll take that one to the kudo box. I really like it!

    Elizabeth

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  14. julespaige says:

    There are many things to like about this piece. We are all different in our interpretations, wanting clarity, peace and the creative child within to stay as we grow.

    Thanks for your visit.

    And sometimes her “giddy curiosity” can make me feel old yet totally alive, all at the same time. Thanks for stopping by,

    Elizabeth

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  15. Lovely! i smiled when I read: “Feel giddy tumult within
    as it quietly begins”.

    So very good to see you here, Denise. I actually do feel that eagerness and expectancy when I reach for the words and they are there, even though I’ve been doing this for so long. Am presently reading my first morning pages from twenty years ago. And instead of being bored, that voice from the past has upped that giddy tumult to a never before higher and wider level. I almost feel as though I’ve been drinking at some moments. Imagine that and Happy Anniversary to you and to Tom,

    Elizabeth

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  16. Tumblewords says:

    Superb. Yes.

    That’s another one for the kudo box. Thank you Tumblewords,

    Elizabeth

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  17. Mama Pajama says:

    slow and quiet, until that fire at the end ripped it open.

    Slow and quiet is pretty much my speed now a days. Thanks for the visit, and know our thoughts are with you,

    Elizabeth

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  18. Mary says:

    Hi Elizabeth, you are back on the Poets United blog roll…..and I hope you will LINK something soon, either in Poetry Pantry or the Wednesday prompt…… I am reworking the blog roll.

    Thanks so much Mary for everything you do, and I did link something to the Poetry Pantry this evening,

    Elizabeth

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