Sunday, December 22, 2013

Strength of Character

                                                   Madonna With the Milk Soup, 1510, Gerard David
Image: Courtesy of Tess’ Mag

Sunday Whirl with Wordle #140
attend clear echo follow fly intact level
listen means pulverize shuttle spider split

To echo yet another prayer
Intent on a level of culture
To listen with the means of a
split-second strike

Reminiscent of a spider about
to pulverize its prey 
an ingenuity to shuttle by or fly
intact with a slow movement
A clear strength of character
Also Madonna and a soup of milk

Affections to attend to their young
A reflection of survival

A vicious spider or motherly instinct
will necessarily follow a similar
pattern to feed young mouths

Shared with Tess's Mag #199, Brenda’s Sunday Whirl Wordle #140
and Mary's at Poets United's Poetry Pantry #181


  1. I've never thought of a spider in that way... hmmm, gonna need to watch one sometime

  2. Very clever combination of prompts! So true, no matter the species, parents often go to any lengths to protect their young!

  3. Good observation of picture and connection with words.

  4. It is not only humanity that care for their young but they are the ones most like to offend in this matter.

  5. The good parents will always be there.

  6. It is instinctive to protect the young at any cost.

  7. nice observation and a wonderful combination of words....

  8. Very well said, Hank. Yes, we will go to any lengths to protect our own. I hope your holidays are spectacular, my friend.


  9. I love the reflections on maternal nurturing in this........have a wonderful holiday season, Hank! Look forward to reading your poems in 2014.

  10. You suddenly make spiders more appealing Hank! Cleverly crafted.

  11. As ever what a unique is true that unconditional love can be a ruthless affair..beautifully written

  12. Yes, motherly instinct is to be protective of the children in humans and the natural world, too. A good observation, Hank! Happy Holidays to you! :)

  13. Indeed, all mom's seem to serve the first "soup"...well done..

  14. Love the spider metaphor...nice write...