Water and Words

Sunday’s Whirligig: Wordle #52

brass, stone, earth, sea, honey, hold,
battering, meditation, forbid, miracle, ink, shine

The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #244

water, name, words, pebbles, moon, smoke,
phantoms, light, crooked, three, God, lead

Poets United: Poetry Pantry #295

breakers-at-midnight-stars 2

Water and Words

Water battering stone will eventually
make pebbles. These words are like
water battering the stone of heart
and mind. Creating a meditation

about God, the earth. A sea of truth,
that might lead to a straight or crooked
path. A miracle of knowing, or forbidden
phantoms of promise never filled.

Inked, these words might shine like moonlight
on water, dance to defeat darkness fathoms deep.
Hold the sweetness of honey in a brass cup,
or trumpet the name of a false prophet.

These words could be no more than smoke
on the mirror of a soul or, rise after three
days to herald rebirth sought, but until
now, never found.

Elizabeth Crawford  3/27/16

Notes: Years ago, when I first encountered a wordle prompt, I automatically rebelled, thinking they were a cheap trick for those who couldn’t find their own. And yet, after fighting and struggling with such prompts, I have found an ease and inspiration I wouldn’t have thought possible. Words are simply tools, yet they can make a profound difference. Any act of creativity contains healing energy but, for me, that is especially true about writing. After nine months of using only these two wordle prompts every week, I find that I come to the task with the amazement, eagerness, and expectations of a child. When I came to the words this week, I could only find that first line, so typed it out and amazingly enough, once committed, found the rest of this piece to be both personal and biographical. This is my personal celebration of the Easter spirit. I wish you all a Happy Easter.

I did use all of the words. The image is a digital painting done several years ago.

About 1sojournal

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21 Responses to Water and Words

  1. Your words never let me down. Thank you.


  2. Jae Rose says:

    Yes – words are all those things – yours shine and are rich as honey – and your postscript made me smile.. similar for me too – i don’t think i would be scribbling without the prompts..in some ways it doesn’t matter what the words are – as you say it’s exciting discovering them on prompt day – it’s about where they take you..almost subconsciously because they are not ‘yours’..with a bit of luck they take you to a story inside that you never knew could be written


  3. thotpurge says:

    I like the image of words battering the mind into a meditation….the contradiction works very well.


  4. oldegg says:

    I too was a bit overwhelmed by the multiple word wordles at first but eventually they seem to link arms and dig the brain into action. However I must confess I still haven’t tried 24 in one piece! One day perhaps.


  5. kelvin s.m. says:

    To mix all those words in a single piece, like water flowing down easily to fill a cup, is really quite impressive. I can never do that, or maybe I haven’t tried yet something as challenging as that. Good on you for surpassing your limit. 🙂


  6. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Those opening lines are stellar..! 🙂


  7. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    Elizabeth the prompts of words are just the starting gun and I am always awed by how magically you run with them p.s. love the digital painting beating those rocks into stones p.p.s. Happy Easter


  8. Thank you, Elizabeth. You’ve been writing for The Sunday Whirl since its inception over what…five years, now? I love the connections made through all of these words. Your explorations are always soulful and soul searching. Your last stanza this week. ❤ ❤ ❤


  9. Mary says:

    Simply beautiful, Elizabeth. I really loved the last stanza. The idea that the words could be smoke on the mirror soul, rise after three days…..so very inspired & appropriate for this Easter season. Happy Easter to you, and may your words continue to rise!


  10. As always Elizabeth, your words and process create such inspiration for me….one day, when I am ready i will attempt these wordles. This one poem is becoming a personal favorite as I read it over and over again! Thank you….


  11. All 24 in one sitting! That’s fantastic Elizabeth. Quite true too! Once started with the first word the rest will flow easily!



  12. Sherry Marr says:

    I love that opening line and the thought of words as water battering the heart. Very cool. Love the process notes too.


  13. C.C. says:

    I completely agree with you about the wordles, though I still just stick to one! There’s just something magical about seeing those words and letting them lead the poetry from within. This piece of yours is utterly lovely…..the first two lines are profoundly meaningful and insightful. Brilliant. And I absolutely LOVE the digital photo. It is gorgeous 🙂


  14. annell4 says:

    Thank you, profoundly beautiful! Just words, you say…..just words.


  15. Mama Zen says:

    This is really beautiful and moving.


  16. Myrna Rosa says:

    Elizabeth, no matter where you find your inspiration, use it. These words jumbled mean nothing, til you bring them to life. This poem is beautiful and each act of creativity is indeed a blessing. Happy Easter to you.


  17. I love how words can intertwine with our inner feelings. This poem was thoughtful and intense. I hope you had a lovely Easter. Enjoyed the painting very much


  18. It was lovely to follow your thoughts – and startling to reflect on your process notes. I seldom do these multiple-word prompts, but have been doing something like it lately by adding 12 of my favourite (random) words to drafts that are not working. The rewrites are much improved, to my surprise. it is indeed amazing where the words can lead.


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