Cloaked Reality

For The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #138

prison, cloak, become, lens, goods, cash,
pursuit, skirt, cruel, wild, Venus, beloved

For Poets United: Poetry Pantry #179


Cloaked Reality

She escapes cruel prison
of everyday existence
through magical lens
of imagination.

Becoming whatever she chooses:

a fleet huntress, like Diana,
in pursuit of wild prey;

a wanton woman
with enough cash
to satisfy any whim;

a young girl named Venus,
dressed in blue denim skirt,
denuding a small patch of daisies.
Good gift for a beloved parent.

Still knows difference
between what is real
and what is not.

Suspects that what is not
is what keeps her

Elizabeth Crawford  12/8/13

Notes: Imagination is often the only survival tool that many possess. Fantasy is sometimes the wish for what could or would be, rather than what is. Image is a mandala made by a friend, using a photo I took.

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22 Responses to Cloaked Reality

  1. Irene says:

    what keeps her breathing. Yes!


  2. When it comes to everyday existence, the repetitive tedium, imagination is a great saviour.


  3. You have hit on a great way to use these words. Imagination should be our watchword!


  4. Very thoughtful, Elizabeth. I really like it, especially the last two stanzas. But everything leading up to them is what makes them good, so there you go.


  5. jae rose says:

    Imagination definitely keeps ‘you’ alive in so many ways..reality is best approached with a lot of sugar and cake to hand..


  6. humbird says:

    I like the choices she has…~ last stanza adds the balance to all poem, brilliant!


  7. drpkp says:

    This one just grabs my breath – and holds it for an instant that stretches until I think it will not let me go. Bravo 🙂


  8. I love the ending. Brava, Elizabeth!


  9. annell4 says:

    Today you were second, when you are first I know all is “right with the world.” Merry Christmas, may the imagination continue to cook in the New Year!


  10. Misky says:

    Very truly, imagination is often the savour of many who are not free to express themselves.


  11. Mama Zen says:

    Love that close! Wow!


  12. Sherry Marr says:

    Wow, Elizabeth, those closing lines are incredible! Happy to see you posting today.


  13. Mr. Walker says:

    Elizabeth, great ending. Also like Venus and Diana – a clever take on the Wordle words.



  14. love this and I especially love the last verse…and I concur


  15. brian miller says:

    thats ok…we all need our escapes…def good to keep in mind what is real and what is not…cause we can not live in dreamland…and if we ignore enough reality it is trouble as well…..


  16. oldegg says:

    I want that lens of hers! At my age all girls are Venus. How right you are about imagination. As writers it is essential but what we write is not a mirror of ourselves at all.


  17. Sherry Marr says:

    Elizabeth, have you changed your email address? Have tried emailing you…….not sure if they are getting through.


  18. kaykuala h says:

    Becoming whatever she chooses

    That says it all. Imagination keeps it revolving and makes the poem alive! Nicely Elizabeth!



  19. hypercryptical says:

    Excellent! (I love my imagination – it takes me everywhere.)
    Anna :o]


  20. The Sentinel says:

    So potent. I wonder what she would become if she finally got those things. Or if she would even leap if given the chance. I don’t subscribe to it, but often the dream is chosen over the reality.


  21. Mary says:

    Where would we be without our imagination? Reality is fine, but it is good that we sometimes have an effective means of escaping. Smiles!! I’m all for using imagination as much as possible.


  22. DELL CLOVER says:

    5 STARS–this is exactly how I survived, thank you.


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