For The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #201
empty, veins, flesh, names, table, weight,
fear, howl, circle, through, ghost, granite
Looks a tad dense, like it might
carry weight found in ghostly veins
and flesh of granite.
Slips through air at lips
and fills the mouth.
Makes a smile
(after circling back to O) and tastes
like a morsel of music on the tongue.
Nothing here to fear,
or even to howl about,
but certainly not empty of meaning.
Shares same Germanic stem
as the word named poem
in that other language.
Should find space on any writer’s
table because it owns the face
of making myths from truly
lived in moments.
Elizabeth Crawford 3/1/15
Notes: The word popped into my head a few days ago, pertaining to something I was working on. Had to do some research to see if it was a word and if so, what it was all about. It is from classic Greek, mythopoeia interchangeable with mythopoesis, and means the process of creating myths. It was brought into modern use by J.R.R. Tolkien after he had a discussion with C.S. Lewis, who felt that all myths are lies and false. Tolkien went home and wrote a poem titled Mythopoeia, which became a part of a collection titled Tree and Leaf. In it, Tolkien defends myth-making, and insists that the modern world needs artists who can and do use classic mythological archetypes in both literature and film to tell the human story. And that’s when I remembered where I had heard the word and why it had stuck in my head, but that is a whole ‘nother story.
Image is a photo put through the kaleidoscope app. It just seemed to fit.