Inner Fire

For The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #132

And for Poets United: Poetry Pantry #173

wordle #132

Inner Fire


Immeasurable yearning to bend toward
flame of own creativity. Some play safe,
stilling that waking desire. Attempt to freeze
like a heron on the hunt. Fear inky inner shadows
and movement that might erode fragile sheet of clay
where they stand. Believe, perhaps, that slightest scrape
of smallest pebble might create combustion,

and all would perish.

Elizabeth Crawford  10/27/13

Notes: Someone posted the above quote on Facebook late yesterday. As soon as I saw it, I knew what to do with the word list.


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25 Responses to Inner Fire

  1. Irene says:

    Hey, me. Every dark thing gets dredged out anyway. That last line is flammable, Elizabeth.


  2. Wow, you’ve created a beautiful poem from those tricky words.


  3. Old Egg says:

    I loved how you recreated that childhood sensation of attempting something new and almost fearing the consequence.


  4. vandana says:

    Inner passion can do wonders:)


  5. Oh! That is lovely. Power radiating from your verse. 🙂


  6. Mary says:

    I like to think of the slightest scrape of a small pebble creating combustion, but I would hope that not all would perish. I always look forward to what you produce with the wordle words each Sunday!


  7. brian miller says:

    nice…i like that the smallest thing can start a flame…i agree as well…passion too makes all the difference…and def dont play it safe….its a boring life if you do…


  8. WabiSabi says:

    Amazing turns of phrase throughout. I loved your take! And I loved the heron standing stock still in the middle of your poem! 🙂


  9. jae rose says:

    Inky inner shadows..perhaps they should never be ignored..or unheard..carefully ever


  10. nan says:

    This was a joy to read – concise and excellent use of the words for great affect.


  11. annell says:

    You speak of eternal yearning, to lean toward inner creativity…darkness and light. A beautiful creation.


  12. very well penned.. loved how it flows and how it ends. beautiful.


  13. deanabo says:

    Brilliant opening line. Very good writing.


  14. Very powerful message came through wiith these words


  15. Geraldine says:

    power and sparks coming from these words. wonderful.

    following your blog now! 🙂


  16. Sherry Marr says:

    Love the heron freezing on the hunt!!!!! Great write, Elizabeth!!!!!!!


  17. Sabra Bowers says:

    Love your concise, poetic message.


  18. I too loved this–concise and a joy to read!


  19. daphnepurpus says:

    Powerful and poetic!


  20. ZQ says:

    Wonderful piece.


  21. “that slightest scrape
    of smallest pebble might create combustion” ominous!!!


  22. Truedessa says:

    Great job on the word prompt..I enjoyed reading this one..


  23. Some play safe,
    stilling that waking desire.

    So true, so true…



  24. Wow! Loved this. So strong and still but with poised passion and … boom!


  25. John Dyhouse says:

    An interesting positioning of fire and fear – well written


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