Three For The Show

The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #253

tawny, diverse, lucid, chill, mist, creep,
vine, tassel, trap, plaster, crack, mad

The Sunday Whirligig: Wordle #61

apostle, gloss, buzz, hug, pies, blessing,
pact, push, price, hard, care, broken

Poets United: Poetry Pantry #304


Three For The Show


Amidst the tawny tassels of sun-glossed
wheat, the cracked-plaster scarecrow
appeared to be an apostle blessing his
diverse flock of needy, broken followers.


In the chill mist of early morning, buzzing
black bugs crept through hugging vines,
pushing the price of bottled wine to a mad,
hard, unreachable high.


Caring could be a trap, a pact of knotted
ties, lucid seeming lies, like the mud pies
we made as children, products of imagination
never meant to be healthy nurture.

Elizabeth Crawford   5/29/16

Notes: Time to admit defeat. For a year now, I have been doing one poem from the two word lists. This week, no matter how I tried, I simply couldn’t find the poem. The words seemed to want to set off in quite differing directions. I finally admitted that if I wanted to post this week, it would have to be these three pieces which have nothing to do with one another. Yet, each one contains something I like. For now, that’s more than good enough.

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18 Responses to Three For The Show

  1. oldegg says:

    I have been happy to write separate pieces to the two prompt sites and always admired your ability to write just one. That the three pieces differ in intent that matters not one bit. I certainly had a laugh at No. 2 and both the others had a significant and wise message.


  2. Jae Rose says:

    The words took you to a wonderful place – i think – a triptych of memory..piercing imagery – and a kind of wanting/needing – perhaps like trying to make the words fit themselves that poor burnt scarecrow, unreachable wine and tasteless mudpie conveyed so much longing and discomfort in a way..ouch but completely relatable.. too many husbands maybe trouble but too many words worked out quite nicely here 😉


  3. The separated becomes a unity – wonderful use of the world, where I especially love the climax of the third.


  4. Tom Merriman says:

    I think I prefer act one over the other two, Elizabeth, but they are all good snapshots of an instant. Act one reminds me of a hot golden Summer’s morning scene – I can actually smell the fresh air when I read it!


  5. Never again will I look upon a scarecrow the same way. Bless you my crop! Three pieces, diverse yet interweaving.

    My Sunday Threesome!


  6. Mary says:

    I enjoyed your three poems, Elizabeth. It is better to write three meaningful pieces than one piece which doesn’t congeal. Enjoyed the second one especially..contemplating the relationship of the black bugs to the bottled wine. Smiles.


  7. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    I agree, all three poems are absolutely stunning! Always admired your work Elizabeth 🙂

    Lots of love,


  8. scotthastiepoet says:

    Bold and original writing Eliazabeth and such lovely strong juxtapositions – always enjoy my visits here


  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    I enjoyed them all.


  10. I agree these are wonderful each one a fabulous write….I especially love the third one! Well done!


  11. What’s really cool is that I think these poems are related. They form a type of story when put together, at least in the mind of the reader. The cool thing about how poetry can work at times.


  12. Sherry Marr says:

    I LOVE the scarecrow apostle, LOL! Good one! I enjoyed the series, each one just exactly right.


  13. gillena says:

    “Caring could be a trap, a pact of knotted
    All three verses carry a negative theme, yet in Verse Three there is hesitation. I think the human soul craves a positive light. Its it cut off point from being scary monster

    Have a good Sunday

    much love…


  14. divalounger says:

    Your work is always beautifully rendered. These all feel vulnerable to me in some way–and in that way, related–


  15. That’s great Elizabeth! That’s the way it is! It may not have to connect but still just as perfect!



  16. thotpurge says:

    The apostle scarecrow is such a delightful image!


  17. Sumana Roy says:

    a lovely travel through fascinating images of apostle scarecrow, creeping black bug and mud pies to three different worlds…


  18. annell4 says:

    Good enough! I liked what you did, and also had a hard time with the words…left several out, from each list.


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