For The Sunday Whirl prompt: Wordle 203

rustling, dry, sweet, deck, tear, monkeys,
blasphemy, whole, born, plague, will, keep

3-14-2015 7;30;01 PM


How does one speak of blasphemy?
Of a church dealing from double,
plague-ridden deck of definitions.
One for itself, another for all others?

Or the monkey-business of politicians?
Who would keep the whole plate
of wealth for themselves, and leave
only dry bread crumbs for those they
supposedly represent?

Born into this beyond belief, beautiful
and sacred world that is being torn apart by
constant rustlings of face-saving machinations,
who will listen?

Elizabeth Crawford  3/15/15

Notes: Have spent time today, recovering images from a small sketchbook done several years ago. The words, especially blasphemy, seemed to be completely lacking in any sort of cooperation. So, I turned to the sketchbook to distract myself by scanning in some of the images and starting a file of what I refer to as zen doodles. This one captured my attention and when it was completed, went back to the words which seemed to fall all over themselves smoothly finding places, and anchoring themselves into position. Have I said, I love synchronicity?


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32 Responses to Questions

  1. So poignant and so true. I find it very nice to read a political poem right now. The world seems to be getting wilder. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Sumana Roy says:

    words well put…love this bold voice…


  3. kelvin s.m. says:

    Hard hitting especially the second verse which I find to be true in all occassions. We [in Philippines] are getting close again to the 2016 elections & for sure we’ll be hearing again more & more false promises of success that barely come to reality. I want to read this poem out loud when that time comes.

    – ksm


  4. Jae Rose says:

    Synchronicity is a wonderful thing – and comes at either the best or worst times i find…blasphemy was a hard word…not thinking globally i could only think of the dark machinations within…but (speaking of synchronicity) maybe that’s how the wider world is run…and all the good squandered…i love the sketch…it reminds me of the ying/yang symbol…dark and light…but beautiful together…


  5. oldegg says:

    Foolish us thinking that democracy would give us government for the people. So what is the next alternative after all other means of rule have failed?


  6. Poppy says:

    Solid questions put forth, but sadly, empty answers abound, and thus, the world succumbs to the ‘dry bread crumbs’ it is thrown.

    Powerfully put!



  7. drpkp says:

    I too love synchronicity – delighted that it was lying there waiting for you in the Zen doodles.


  8. wolfsrosebud says:

    listening a thing difficult for most, but so necessary… trusting is even harder… strong words here


  9. vandana says:

    Everyone has right to say his/her thing but now a days what will offend others is very very tricky.


  10. Mary says:

    Ha, in this state the politics truly make me question! (Enough said…LOL)


  11. scotthastiepoet says:

    I like the sharpness and clarity in this Elizabeth – right on! With Best Wishes Scott


  12. nan says:

    wonderful write. You used economy of words in saying much… and raising questions.


  13. I think the snollygoster theme of the second stanza especially true.. the corruption of power…


  14. annell4 says:

    Me too. I liked what you did, with the words, seems I am having trouble using everyone lately.


  15. I love when things just fall into the places they were meant to fit into–this piece just grabbed me–very powerful all thee way through


  16. Sherry Marr says:

    You have captured it – the beautiful and sacred world, and what humans are doing to it………very intriguing image, Elizabeth. Wow.


  17. ZQ says:



  18. C.C. says:

    I think you spoke of blasphemy just magnificently……indeed if,
    “a church dealing from double,
    plague-ridden deck of definitions.
    One for itself, another for all others?”
    isn’t blasphemous then I don’t know what is. Brilliant wording.


  19. You wrote of blasphemy so very well.
    Excellent piece – of which I am very much in agreement with: the theme of those at the top being so greedy as not help those at the bottom who are suoporting them in their drive for wealth.



  20. Your poem is a perfect synchronicity of these words and such truth in these words!


  21. SlaRueb says:

    The answers are out there but so many fear or understand the truth. Nice artwork!


  22. hypercryptical says:

    Who will listen indeed. I do so fear for this world of ours.
    Anna :o]


  23. totomai says:

    when the church and the state rule together, there will be chaos. the authorities behind the church and the state tend to abuse their members…

    great sentiment here


  24. Myrna says:

    I like the zen doodle and your poem, well truth is smeared all over it.


  25. kaykuala says:

    A world plagued with self interests. There are areas of salvation though from those sincere ones but are rare gems to meet! Great words Elizabeth!



  26. Kathy Reed says:

    The rustlings must get louder and louder…the people must move as one …yes!


  27. Pamela says:

    A good question, Elizabeth. Well done with a concise piece of writing. I love the zen doodle, too.

    Pamela ox


  28. Oh yes, this poem hits the spot, tackles all my pet hobby horses, and so well that I found myself applauding!


  29. humbird says:

    Loved the confident tone, killing definitions and..synchronicity! Looked at zen doodle and have no idea how to start it… ~ Masterfully done!


  30. Loco mente says:

    Very interesting and relevant,…


  31. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Those politicians irritate me too!

    Another Baja Whirl


  32. Mr. Walker says:

    Elizabeth, I like where you took those words – or where they fell into place for you. I was just teaching my students about Roger Williams, and your words seem most appropriate. Great last line. – Richard


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