Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wrestled with his conscience

                                                                        Artist: John George Brown 
Image: Survival in the Streets (here)
(oil on canvas)

the 11 of 12 given words:
wrestle evangelist angel bless bewildered touching 
beyond waxing cunning fleece gymnast

3WW given words:
damned cherished babble

Wrestled with his conscience
The evangelist in him wanting
to take a more playful stance
of an angel freely floating

Blessed  his soul bewildered 
but touching beyond the damned
Waxing his ego in a conceited
trait surly in a cherished radiance
but cunningly imposed without
misgivings of his intentions
He could babble away an assorted
yarn that fleeced at the imaginations

Quick thinking not unlike a gymnast
tumbling, jumping to hold their attention
a talent honed as a street smart
waif left to his own as an orphan

Like a bird freely swooping
he nudged a living without offense
only as much as a righteous means
of a mechanism of self- defense

For MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #59
Thomg's 3WW #479
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  bird
Gayle's at d'Verse Open linkNight

17 comments:

  1. Like a bird freely swooping
    he nudged a living without offense

    A lot of wisdom in this poem.
    Beautifully penned.

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  2. The life of an orphan is touching Hank ~

    Grace

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  3. An interesting combination for four different sites. "Like a bird freely swooping" - I can picture that!

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  4. Life on the street will teach a person many things, but survival is the goal - nudging a living without offense.

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  5. When you have to or are pushed to it, you'll learn much you never thought you would

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  6. Hank, the master of the Fourple & the word list poetics; some nice phrasing in this piece. Historically accurate (found myself searching for Fagin) & yet quite touching.

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  7. A child alone is forced to master so many skills. Flying--for protection or for art--is definitely one of them.

    Love the image as well. ♥

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  8. "mechanism of self- defense " like quick thinking grows for survival especially if that's a street urchin and an orphan..nice character sketch....

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  9. That's quite a prompt mashup. :) Well done.

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  10. Seamlessly blends three prompts.. and yet stands alone. Love the last stanza

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  11. Your message came over so very loud and clear Hank. Wll done.
    Yvonne.

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  12. So many words you have managed to include... Especially loved the flow of:

    Blessed his soul bewildered
    but touching beyond the damned

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  13. Very compassionate view, so much truth delivered.

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  14. Very touching and leaves one fairly helpless.

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  15. Gayle Walters RoseMay 13, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    He seems to have a good grip on what's important in spite of being an orphan. Excellent use of all the words and prompts, Hank!

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