Full House

For Creativity Challenge Day 28: Symbol

For Sunday Whirl: Wordle #278

never, machine, groove, lounge, symbol, now,
couch, card, cushion, collide, grave, grind, volume

For Poets United: Poetry Pantry #333


Full House

Machine grinds through its
now, only symbolic groove,
as never before heard from
lounging couch potatoes collide
with vociferous activists.

Not even volume of grave threats
can cushion coming ferment as
politicos play high-stakes poker
with deck of cards labeled
Important Urgent Issues.

Elizabeth Crawford !2/18/2016

Notes: Image is a hand-drawn pen and ink sketch, and I used all of the words.






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20 Responses to Full House

  1. Jae Rose says:

    It can only be a good thing activists and couch potatoes collide – numbers are needed to topple the house of cards.. and make a safe home.. and what a fantastic illustration too 🙂


  2. oldegg says:

    Never does one feel more like a pawn in chess than when politicos start raving with concern with their own agendas in mind.


  3. totomai says:

    Loved the sketch. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to think whether politicians intentions are sincere or not


  4. totomai says:

    By the way, happy holiday Elizabeth


  5. Yes Elizabeth nicely distilled and intense piece that carries real weight – you get to the ugly core of something here in a way that is telling and true… Great and bold writing…


  6. Mary says:

    Playing poker demands a combination of luck and skill. Solving urgent issues demands intelligence & foresight, which is lacking. Perhaps a ouija board could be the solution.


  7. Maybe nothing can be “best” but more a choice of bad or worse… The drawing made me think of Delft pottery..


  8. Sherry Marr says:

    I am smiling at Mary’s comment. It would do better than the current group, I’m sure.


  9. Rommy says:

    There is something very sharp about the way you’ve blended the imagery of passive entertainment and politics. It feels like a loud clap trying to give a wake up call.


  10. Mr. Walker says:

    A house full of ferment, indeed. Love what you did with the whirled words, notably “grave” as an adjective and not a noun. These are grave times.


  11. ZQ says:

    Not very clear but understood
    Nice write.


  12. mhmp77 says:


    as politicos play high-stakes
    poker with deck of cards labeled

    It is a pity that they gamble with our life and are not really bothered that the ordinary folks suffer as long as they make their pile!



  13. carob hush says:

    I love the first two lines.


  14. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    It’s going to be interesting, that’s for sure!

    I love your sketch.


  15. thotpurge says:

    Nice sketch and the words are a warning… things can go wrong for someone in such a game!


  16. Myrna Rosa says:

    Yes, the sketch is so nice. Your poem is so true, unfortunately. The future is like a poker game. And politicians play with little concern for the cards.
    Have a Happy Holiday Season Elizabeth. Thank you so much for all you do for the poetry community.


  17. Love that sketch, Elizabeth! All too true.


  18. Susan Chast says:

    A “full house’ is n interesting image. The God will have their sport.


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