In Search of A Winner

For The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #213

lucid, wine, stain, puzzle, foreign, superior,
feckless, dumb, chiseled, hollow, luminous, winner

For Sunday’s Whiligigs: #21

reach, farming, sprout, dung, enters, corn,
comes, mole, rise, seed, flows, vine

For Poets United: Poetry Pantry #


In Search of A Winner

There were always those times
when words became a foreign puzzle,
and she, a feckless farmer digging
in dung heap of littered letters. Dumb mole
timidly scampering through rows of corn
forever beyond her reach.

Yet sometimes, words entered her dreams,
like seeds eager to sprout, rising lucid,
luminous flow of superior erudition.
Chiseled wisdom hanging plump
on fruitful vines, simply awaiting proper
time for distillation.

But for now, they are no more than widening
stain, red wine spilled on white cotton,
hollow, lacking all meaning.

Elizabeth Crawford  8/23/15

Notes: I used to hold a grudge against wordles, thinking they were a sort of cheat for those lacking words and imagination. Now, here I am, seeking out two word lists because I actually enjoy the challenge and work of putting them all together. They prove that even an old woman can learn new tricks. The image is a pen and red ink line weave drawing done some time ago. Added note: My apologies. I’m not having much luck trying to post return comments today. Know that my spirit is with you, but my puter doesn’t seem to want to cooperate.


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19 Responses to In Search of A Winner

  1. oldegg says:

    Yes, I too found it quite a challenge at first to use 12 prompt words. Now I let them talk to me first rather than order them around and becomes more fun.


  2. Not game enough to try the double Wordle. Enough of a challenge to make a coherent story from a single one. Well done!


  3. Expertly incorporated! Wordles to me stretch my imagination and as such are invaluable to me to keep the old grey matter ticking over!
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  4. Mary says:

    Excellent use of the two lists. I like the idea of words entering the brain eager to sprout. And what a pleasant thing it is indeed when they DO sprout a poem. Smiles.


  5. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Word lists do spark the muse and lead to powerful writing 🙂
    Well penned 😀


  6. drpkp says:

    “red wine spilled on white cotton” each image is gorgeous this one lingers … as far as the wordle words lists – they operate as a spark for free association – I look at them and they have unleashed poems that come from I do not know where….


  7. I think you have made it clear, and the use of words is just perfectly smooth.. I find wordles a little similar to work with rhymes.. where the sound of a word guide you to the next.


  8. annell4 says:

    You were truly inspired…you wonderful you. I enjoyed reading what you did with the words.


  9. C.C. says:

    This shows inspiration and imagination: “and she, a feckless farmer digging
    in dung heap of littered letters.” I love it 🙂


  10. Wonderfully done! Those words can be elusive, such gratitude when they do flow. I loved the lines about the farmer digging in the dung heap of littered letters. LOL.


  11. I agree you poem is well done and quite a challenge I have not risen too yet. Love the image too!


  12. I also enjoy a wordle now and then. It usually happens that, after reading the chosen words, a story starts crafting in my head and the words flow into verses and stanzas. It is not always easy, but the challenge is enjoyable.


  13. Sumana Roy says:

    this is brilliant combining the two lists…”Chiseled wisdom” i love the phrase….


  14. I am impressed! One lot of wordle words is hard enough, without attempting two in one lucid (!) piece.


  15. I enjoyed the images you used in this one, very interesting.


  16. glmeisner says:

    A fun read, I like the way you put it all together.


  17. ms pie says:

    it’s the looseness of the words… freedom to go wherever they choose….


  18. Delilah says:

    Haven’t heard of wordles before, but it looks very creative… I bet it is fun to do. I particularly like the dumb mole. 🙂


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