Be Careful What You Wish For

For We Write Poems Poetry Prompt #194: Happy New Year

We were to use a self-created list of synonyms and antonyms, for the three words above, with which to build a poem.


Be careful What You Wish For

In this sweet madness
Oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

Sarah McLachlan – Angel Lyrics

Could remember lengthy duration
of intoxicating state
of the art melancholy.

Although now out of date
even antiquated, she periodically
found herself yearning for a few seconds

of that soft enveloping stillness,
when limp fingers rested in lap
lacking all motivation toward movement.

Elizabeth Crawford  1/2/14

Notes: I find the most difficult prompts to be those I myself have created, but I promised myself that I would at least make an attempt through this coming month. I deliberately built my list of words more strongly on the antonyms. It made for a different kind of challenge.

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10 Responses to Be Careful What You Wish For

  1. Misky says:

    I think your poem is exquisite. I need to think about your prompt a bit as my muse went silent on me this afternoon.


  2. Sherry Marr says:

    You did so well with it, Elizabeth. I like the image of the fingers, still in the lap, as the person is lost in reverie.


  3. I need to remember to take a few minutes of stillness at some point today!
    Thank you for this fun challenge. I keep reviewing my words to see if they might take me in a different direction.


  4. julespaige says:

    I see your verse in an old master’s painting. How the women would sit so still with their hands just so, looking, dreaming perhaps to be anywhere but sitting oh so still…and now somewhat immortalized Grandchildren were coming over – when I don’t have huge chunk of time I like the Elfje form, at first I did add a 5,7,5 haiku but then I changed the last verse to an Elfje too.

    Thanks for including the link to your piece.


  5. Denise says:

    Beautiful! Invokes a feeling of wanting and remembering that poetry begs for.



  6. annell4 says:

    Longing for stillness….beautifully done.


  7. I think of a woman from centuries past…maybe a subject in all of those old paintings. And even now, that stillness is harder to find than before.



  8. Irene says:

    Melancholy, stillness, yearning…ok I geddit.


  9. Stillness and silence were welcome to me after the hurly burly of a family visit. I forgot about antonyms in my contribution!


  10. Pamela says:

    An exquisite poem for your prompt. Which, my the way I didn’t follow the rules. But, at least I wrote something.



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