For The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #215
Friends, pond, bridge, money, poor, teeth,
Skirt, cell, organs, DNA, tower, signal
For Sunday’s Whirligig: #23
play, pretend, scarlet, flying, verses, scars, holding,
inscriptions, silence, shoes, demanding, stench
For Poets United: Poetry Pantry #268
When Movement Takes Energy
Apathy holds a stench, smelled only
by its possessor. Clenched teeth bring
on headaches that can be felt throughout
cells, organs, might even be embedded
deep in individual DNA.
One might pretend to play, but the soul
remains silent, giving poorest of signals.
Verses become no more than unscripted
scars hidden beneath a seemingly scarlet
skirt holding nothing more than empty hope.
Friends fly away or are pushed off tower
of graying isolation. No amount of money
will bridge this decaying pond of despondency.
New shoes demand movement but moving
takes caring, takes energy.
Elizabeth Crawford 9/6/15
Notes: This is not my reality. Have been here but that was long ago. The words led me back to that memory, it holds a distinct and precise place inside, one I don’t wish to relive any time soon. Image is a photo taken some time ago.