Ars Poetica (on troubling times)

fire-black and white

Whilst some
crave release, a break from the mad rush;
others embrace the cage they’ve made —
tranquility’s some hippy delusion

but this poet
refusing all calmer contemplations
& with urgent verbs rips the cloth
from ‘neath your candelabra

before burning your house down —


Image by Stephen Radford on Unsplash. A quadrille for Dverse where Lillian is hosting and asks us to write on ‘tranquility’, the 10th most beautiful word in the English language (and here’s the rest ).

And here’s Philip Glass with ‘Mad Rush’

9 thoughts on “Ars Poetica (on troubling times)

  1. Wow!!! Just wow!!! Urgent verbs and a yanking violent sudden action with that tablecloth, upsetting not the proverbial apple cart but a pretentious candelabra!!! That’ll yank me out of a doldrum or a maelstrom!

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  2. Holy cow, this ending is phenomenal:
    “with urgent verbs rips the cloth
    from ‘neath your candelabra

    before burning your house down”

    As one who feels the urgency of verbs, often, this cracks me to the core.

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  3. Evocative words every which way. Tranquility and complacency are two different things. If you can’t find a moment of peace in the eye of the storm, which we are in right now, there will be no energy to hold on when it counts. Please don’t burn my house down (metaphorically speaking, of course.)

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