For the Sunday Whirl: Wordle #220
milk, thrum, traffic, matter, risk, trip,
link, letters, chill, minute, urge, courage
Sunday’s Whirligig: Wordle #28
vicinity, pond, wind, shorebirds, water, thin, wonders,
bicycling, natural, dunes, distance, cabin
Poets United: Poetry Pantry #273
This Thing That I Do
Took a risk, taking life-long trip
through this traffic of words.
Swimming in waters of natural wonder,
linking them all together with letters
fished from milky pond of my life.
Some minutes matter more than others,
thrum with a chilling wind of awareness,
while others scurry away like shorebirds
racing over distant dunes, drawing attention
from thinly concealed nest and further detection.
Always the urge to be no more than cyclist
pedaling toward evening fire in cozy cabin,
well within reach of neighborhood vicinity.
Never really thought about courage it takes
to actually do this thing that I do.
Elizabeth Crawford 10/11/15
Notes: A very good week. Finally got the old hard drive transferred to this computer and have spent a lot of time exploring those files I haven’t seen for months. One file specifically, the three-quarters of a poetry manuscript I had been working on for almost a year. So good to have it back in my possession. It is, for the most part, biographical and I had a thought that that might be the theme I could use for this weeks word lists. Crossed my fingers until I got the lists. At first glance, I didn’t think it would work at all. So slept on it. On my second look, those first lines started humming, so I followed the words. Glad that I did. Used all of the words, a few with a great deal of poetic license.
The image is a retouched photo someone sent me on Facebook. I put it through my two new and very different kaleidoscope apps. For me, purple is the color of personal power. High five, I believe I am back in business.