Grasshopper Dreams V

For Miz Quickly’s Impossible Missions: Word_ same list Day 5

Words are: relieved, slight, single, grasshoppers, clear, casting, disturb…

And for The Sunday Whirl writing prompt: Wordle #118

Words are: repair, slate, time, driven, think, night, no, mesh, tear, room, longing, key, become

Zentangle Mandala #10 8-12-09 4

Grasshopper Dreams V

We humans are a great deal like grasshoppers:
driven by longings we neither understand
or even think about.

Casting aside doubt, leaving no room for questions,
day and night, we leap to satisfy slightest whim. No real focus,
only disturbing need to find single key that will satiate,
forever feed hunger that propels us onward until we totally tear,
beyond any repair, the very mesh that  holds
our world together.

Fear we have become the plague of locusts, released
to clear the slate, devouring resources until emptied shell
disintegrates with a snicking click, disappearing from its orbit,
and a relieved Deity is finally freed to go elsewhere
and begin again.

Elizabeth Crawford 7/20/13

Notes: Thought I might be crazy to try to put these two word lists together in one piece. Was surprised when all the words came together and fell into place. Then thought back over the past week to all the images I have seen and words I have read that rolled by my inner eye, like a streaming video:  Trayvon Martin; an elderly woman rocking a set of drums (youtube video); a man beating his dog with his fists; a woman sentenced to twenty years in jail for firing a warning shot; photos of delicious looking cakes and deserts (FB recipe shares), a cheetah and a yellow lab playing, unaware they are breaking all the rules (National Geographic Documentary titled Animal Odd Couples available on Netflix); and many, many others. I knew why the words came together.

This if the fifth and final poem all using the same word list, until today, when I added the wordle words. You can find the series of five under the title “Grasshopper Dreams” in the search engine for this blog.

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15 Responses to Grasshopper Dreams V

  1. Misky says:

    Really thought-provoking, Elizabeth. You did very well with these words.


  2. julespaige says:

    I am always impressed when two or more prompts can be blended.
    I haven’t done the lastest wordle yet. Though it will most likely be a continuation of my story verse.

    This reminds me of several Science Fiction pieces that show more than just humans acting well, humanly. News from near and far in various degrees helps to keep our writing fresh when we blend it in new ways like you have done.



  3. Stan Ski says:

    Great job!
    …just off to satisfy yet another whim ;D


  4. annell4 says:

    I am impressed…but you are right about all the words and images we see in one week.


  5. Irene says:

    Thought-provoking indeed. Double wordle? Amazing.


  6. I had to laugh at teh end. God must be so disappointed with this as a ‘work in progress’. Time to try somewhere else.


  7. brenda w says:

    Well done, my friend. We witnessed many of the same images/events this week. The 20 years for shooting the ceiling is a shocker. What’s wrong with our judicial system? I like your ending and the relieved deity. It added a touch of humor for me. Thank you.


  8. I hope/wish there is another chance for God to try again! Good work, if bleak. I don’t have TV , to try and keep the image level closer to home.


  9. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    I imagine (although I don’t know for sure) that God sometimes wearies of the way “we leap to satisfy the slightest whim.”

    A Wee Whirl


  10. Pamela says:

    I too think about human nature, Elizabeth. It can be a big disappointment. Well said, my friend.



  11. WabiSabi says:

    This is wonderfully crafted and the wordles (both) are seamlessly incorporated! I agree the Master Planner must be wondering about the decision to allow us ‘free will’ !


  12. Old Egg says:

    On that premise we should perhaps look at the survivors on this planet to see how they managed and try to learn belatedly to survive on the planet without destroying it. (I don’t give us much chance!) What an excellent post this is.


  13. Sherry Marr says:

    I love this Grasshopper Dreams series…………this one is my favorite, I think. Impactful series of images – tearing the fabric of what holds us together. So true. The relieved Deity is a powerful thought.


  14. I fear you may be right. We are on the brink of resource disintegration. Great poem. I’d send it to the NYTimes to see if they’ll publish it.


  15. A tour de force! Inspired me to look at things sideways, to try something new.


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