In The Aftermath

For The Sunday Whirl poetry prompt: Wordle #183
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And for Poets United: Poetry Pantry #144
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wordle #143

In The Aftermath

Remote scenes from  impact
of devastating storm illuminate both.

While he digs through pool of lifeless litter,
she is haunted by official’s need to put one price

on whatever is found intact.

Elizabeth Crawford  1/12/14

Notes: Again, this one came quickly and all the words lined up on their own. Am thinking it’s because I just did an internal weather report for We Write Poems and those words were still on my mind. Or maybe, I’ve finally overcome my wordle angst?

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27 Responses to In The Aftermath

  1. Incredible to do so much with so few words! I think we’re all a bit obsessed with the weather these days, with such excesses plaguing people in so many places.

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  2. alan1704 says:

    This is quite powerful and deep full of truth. Well done

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  3. Officialdom, don’t you love it!

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  4. kaykuala says:

    You’ve weaved it around naturally in a beautiful way, Elizabeth! Great!

    Hank

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  5. Misky says:

    The weather is certainly on everyone’s mind. Nice, tidy write, Elizabeth.

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  6. Isn’t it always the way. Great job getting the words in.

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  7. kelvin s.m. says:

    …so very well said… somehow, the whole scene resonates with the kind of impact we had not too long ago… smiles…

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  8. Jae Rose says:

    Perhaps the way it is written and was written echoes what an impact really feels like..cold..harsh..although the woman makes the story human and so we are left with a bigger question and a bigger picture..

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  9. Too many of these scenes in the news. Adding the woman does make me wonder about what happens when the cameras are off and the world has moved on to the next disaster.

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  10. brian miller says:

    one price makes it easy to split down the middle….ha…made me think marital discord…and the final blow up…everything flying about in one final explosion….having no value to the couple in that moment, but being what the officials would split…

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  11. poetrypea says:

    This caught me up in the angst of lost possessions and the necessary bother of unwanted burocracy. Great writing with so few words.

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  12. annell4 says:

    I love it when you are first! And I also liked how the words fell into place.

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  13. Mary says:

    The wordle words DID all seem to come together for you, Elizabeth. I guess even lifeless litter DOES have a price.

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  14. the aftermath… nicely captured!

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  15. what used to be 15 minutes of fame is now 15 seconds as the beast needs constant feeding…

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  16. A tight write, my friend. No wordle angst visible:)

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  17. Sabra Bowers says:

    Great write, Elizabeth.

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  18. Well they certainly did line up for you!

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  19. oldegg says:

    I am sure we all laughed at your wordle angst…and I am sorry about that. However the satisfaction you must have felt when the words were so obedient is something we all envied I am sure.

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  20. Elizabeth,
    I could see the remains of lives after a storm. The lifetime of property fragmented, while an insurance agent seeks to add a value to the wrecked lives…
    Eileen

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  21. A telling piece, very well realised.. I enjoyed reading this Elizabeth – thank you… With Best Wishes Scott http://www.scotthastie.com

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  22. Sometimes less is more … and in this case, it is EVERYTHING! Awesome ink, Elizabeth.

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  23. Lasha says:

    short and sweet

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  24. Stormcat says:

    I really liked what you did with these words. One thing isn’t the obsession over putting a price on the destruction rather than what is left?

    Normally that is right, and maybe why the moment haunted her?

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  25. seingraham says:

    I am so impressed at how well-woven these words are in such a succinct manner…brava!

    http://thepoet-tree-house.blogspot.ca/2014/01/like-impact.html

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  26. I love the conciseness of your words and the ease it appears you had with them. nicely done, Elizabeth.

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  27. Pamela says:

    Nice and concise use of the words, Elizabeth, It is 2:45 am here and I am up to start my day, because I couldn’t sleep anymore. Talk to you on Wednesday, my friend.

    Have a great day.
    Pamela

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