Sunday, April 3, 2016

Aprpil 3, 2016 Writer's Digest April PAD Challenge 2016/ Nothing to be Done -- The Sunday Whirl Wordle #245 -- Sundays Whirligig #53 -- Poets United Poet's Pantry

Nothing to be Done

silver threads                   times three                                 or three times

whichever you prefer      stand in witness                         when there is nothing 

                                                                                            to be done

the silence broken            by the sound of the gun             then silence again

empty are the words         spoken                                       endless the road

reclaiming                        renaming                                    shaming

take life in big bites         feed the relentless hunger          life is brief

even if one lives to be      one hundred and three               over in an instant

we are not meant to survive     empty the bedpan              change the sheets

wipe the fevered brow      each in his own time                 penguins in a line

collecting stones               ordinary and rare                      scratch the surface

loosen the dirt that holds them    do they sparkle              do they blink

do they spread their wings    preening with their beaks     you speak

your voice low with pain      you hold on to what remains    there is nothing to 

                                                                                                prevent

the melting snow               change is in the wind                it is spring again

like clockwork                   the sun rises                              sets

the clime strikes the hour   time for prayer give thanks     the endless road continues

April 3, 2016


















12 comments:

  1. I really like the cadence to this....there is something about the rhythm to your words in this piece that gives weight to the ideas of the endless road continuing and how there is nothing to be done about it.

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  2. One of your finest, Annell, and wisest. The acceptance that nothing can be done is key. I especially love the line of penguins and the collecting of stones ordinary and rare.

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  3. I love this, Annell. It carries timeless wisdom and a deep acceptance of our mortality.

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  4. Poignant and true Annell....I love the journey of time and life you have taken us on here.

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  5. That is life isn't it...it will end at sometime and there is nothing we can do but keep going down the road! I agree...this is a real gem!

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  6. Sad but true and showing how important it is to make use of every minute, show your love and be thankful for all the wonderful things that happen to you, and weep for those you have loved.

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  7. Going to try this again. Last time it wouldn't let me. I really like the blending of the two lists into one piece. I can hear your voice reading this aloud.

    Elizabeth

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  8. i like the tone of acceptance.."life is brief"..true & sometimes it's briefer...sigh...

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  9. There is both a fatalism and a security in the rhythm of life..most of the seconds are mundane..stones in pockets..unfurling threads..perhaps we survive for the brief moments that shine - like blue cat eyes - i hope so

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