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


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

    A lot of wisdom in this poem.
    Beautifully penned.

  2. The life of an orphan is touching Hank ~


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

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

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

  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.

  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. ♥

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

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

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

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

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

    Blessed his soul bewildered
    but touching beyond the damned

  13. Very compassionate view, so much truth delivered.

  14. Very touching and leaves one fairly helpless.

  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!