This Thing That I Do

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.

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21 Responses to This Thing That I Do

  1. drpkp says:

    Welcome back – delighted you are back in business doing “this thing” thst you do so. very well – looking forward to your collection ❤


  2. Our travel through the world of words is a big risk… How good to get that world back.. Hope you have a back-up now.


  3. oldegg says:

    How apt to describe using wordling words as fish swimming in waters, some easy to catch and use while others evade capture and logical use in your evolving manuscript. Then you wonder whether you or they are the bait or the fisherman!


  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Courage & risk go hand in hand when dealing with situations in life 🙂
    Excellent write.


  5. Sumana Roy says:

    so effortless use of the wordle words…and how i agree with Old Egg….


  6. thotpurge says:

    Nicely done response to a wordle prompt…


  7. Jae Rose says:

    Very glad you are back in business – it is thriving as ever – funny i found purple too today…that thing you do – it is magic…entirely of your own achievements and making…that takes an awful lot of courage 🙂


  8. Mary says:

    Taking a trip through the traffic of words does definitely take a lot of courage, if you think about it. You are always demonstrating courage in your words! Glad that you are ‘back in business’ with files found!


  9. What an interesting direction the words took you. Delightful
    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!


  10. Some minutes matter more than others – how true is that! A handful of each and I’m happy.
    Rosey Pinkerton’s blog


  11. Beautiful…and so glad you found these words.


  12. Sherry Marr says:

    YAY! you’re back in business, and we all reap the rewards. Smiles. I love the words scurrying away like shorebirds and am most struck by your closing lines – the courage it takes to do what you (we) do. Bravo!


  13. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Hello, courageous you! Daily (I presume) you pick up your pen (or sit at the keyboard) and write these wondrous pieces, for which I thank you.



  14. kanzensakura says:

    Hello. I am new here but based on the comments, welcome back! This is a wonderful piece and I am glad you are back so I can read this today.


  15. beautiful.. some minutes matter more.. lovely, and the journey is an important one.


  16. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    I believe you are too – and with what a brilliant beginning! This poem sings and sizzles.


  17. Susan says:

    “others scurry away like shorebirds
    racing over distant dunes, drawing attention
    from thinly concealed nest and further detection”
    Ha! Let them go! You do what you do so well with the ones that stay.


  18. humbird says:

    Wonderful! It’s really at first takes courage, and then just follow the words…Congratulation and high 5! 🙂


  19. Great wordling. Backup, backup and morebackup …


  20. This is a lovely piece indeed. Captivating imagery.


  21. glmeisner says:

    Beautiful last stanza.


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