We Dare Not Acquiesce

For Sunday’s Whirligig: Wordle #86

voice, sing, trills, banal, primal, dumb,
without, means, noise, plaintive, joyful, words

For The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #275

feed, work, easy, flat, pattern, lies,
drop, keys, righteous, ends, call, hold

For Poets United: Poetry Pantry #329


We Dare Not Acquiesce

Each of us owns a voice.
Might be plaintive or banal,
even flat or off key. Joyful
with righteous words, or primal
with soulful need.

Our world has been dumped
with a pattern of lies, dropped
into darkness with noise of hate.
Held dumb by a call to violence
that feeds only on fear and ignorance.

Someone wants us to believe
we are without means to put
an end to this ugly song, with its
threatening trill of loss of freedoms.
There is much work to be done.

It won’t be easy.

Elizabeth Crawford  11/20/2016



To All Artists, Writers of Prose and Poetry, Photographers, Etc.

Tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 21,  I will begin giving prompts on a daily basis in hopes of lifting the spirits of anyone who is troubled by the current backlash of the election in the U.S. I am asking anyone who is creative, to join me, in raising a voice to counter that backlash. I believe that creativity is a healing element, and it is time to put that element back into our world. I would ask you to check in, each day, for a one word prompt, and some suggestions. You may respond to the prompt in any fashion you choose, with images, photos, words, fiction, poetry, personal essay, and even music, or quotes. Post it on your blogs, but more importantly, on social media. We will be celebrating our shared humanity, the life and well-being of all living creatures, the hope that we can, and are capable of, growth and acceptance of change, without the need for hatred and violence. Let us bring the light of creativity into this current darkness. The prompts will appear here:


Thank you,

Elizabeth, who, by the way, used all of the words. The image is a bonfire photo, put through the kaleidoscope app.






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18 Responses to We Dare Not Acquiesce

  1. thotpurge says:

    Someone wants us to believe
    we are without means to put
    an end to this ugly song… so true. Many people actually.


  2. Sumana Roy says:

    thank God nothing in this world is eternal…so is the ugly song…


  3. Jae Rose says:

    There is indeed much work to be done and plotters to if not be thrown to the fire toppled by the shared thoughts of kinder people – your prompt idea made me think of the sticky note-let wall in the New York subways


  4. i agree that those in the arts, those attuned to a creative nature, those that believe in their heart and soul that ‘ugly hate’ can be squelched by an abundance of participation to correct the ‘wrong’. …it won’t be easy.


  5. Susan says:

    Yes. True, true. Though I suspect that we had something to do with it, and I wish I could get myself to understand that those who did this feel equally right. This is a mindbender. I’ll be looking for those prompts.


  6. Mary says:

    I agree we must not acquiesce. Yes, there is much work to be done, but I wonder what CAN be done at this point. So many comply with the evil t and each week brings more bad news. My poems for a while now have been addressing the political scene. I wish I could let it go, but it continues to rise to the surface.


  7. So much can be done… I recommend reading the article by Masha Gessen … I read it translated in Swedish Newspapers today…. (alas I think it does paint a bleak future though) http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/11/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival/


  8. annell4 says:

    Thank you Elizabeth.


  9. girl says:

    I like the ending, and this:
    with righteous words, or primal
    with soulful need.”


  10. Sherry Marr says:

    Elizabeth, as always you are a standard-bearer, and I applaud you. This is a brilliant idea. We need light and the power of our voices now like never before. Great challenge. Count me in.


  11. I completely agree that creativity is a healing power, capable of great change. Now more than ever this is so important.


  12. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is incredibly powerful and uplifting! ❤️


  13. ZQ says:

    I find Centering Prayer to be very beneficial. ❤


  14. bkmackenzie says:

    Thank you and a reminder that we still have to be involved – there is much to still be done…bkm


  15. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Not easy, no – but essential.


  16. Much work to be done, using heart, mind, creativity. I will look forward to your prompts.


  17. Sherry Marr says:

    We must stand together to put an end to this ugly song. Well said.


  18. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    This is Monday, the first day of your prompts, Elizabeth, and I have to make an airport run, so I will join you tomorrow. Thanks for the invitation.


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