Wednesday, January 27, 2021

beauty of numbers sustaining the fury

                                                          Attribution: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos under the GFDL 1.2:
Image: Strength of Numbers (here)

the 12 given words:
wind, rain, held, keys, birds, ants, worms, 
whispering, uncutovergrown, inherit, buckle

“You fling it open for the first time but I’m gone” - Mohja Kahf ~ Wall

wind rain and unsparingly the elements
that held a strong liking to impose their power
with keys intact to unleash untold destruction
but little creatures and birds did not cower

strengthened with ants worms rightly suspicious
that ran a whispering campaign surreptitiously
uncut diamonds below under overgrown bushes
stubbornly inherited from dominance previously

not to buckle under the onslaught but to fight on
notably an insistence upon the discovery 
and tenacity of belief seeing that he was gone
with the beauty of numbers sustaining the fury

Laura's at d'Verse Poetics - beginning at the end
MMT's The Whirligig  #303


  1. "Not to buckle under the onslaught but to fight on" Very true words Hank. Thank you for a wonderful poem.

    Take care.

  2. I like the way you took this poem, and I particularly like your ending. It's a powerful line that sparks lots of ideas.

  3. I agree with Sarah, the ending is particularly strong here.

  4. There is not a lot of difference between all the inhabitants of the animal kingdom is there? We all fight for survival except humans perhaps we fight for profit and domination instead!