Sunday, September 22, 2013

615 : The Power of Three


Sunday Whirl (Wordle #127) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.  

The words this week are:

claws, peering, spirits, stories, apples, secret
cradle, pile, clues, exile, three, rash


The Power of Three

Superstitious stories abound
And make our life a tease;
Never more so than when they say
That bad things come in threes.

The origins are an old, dark secret,
Few clues point to the facts.
What evil spirits once declared 
That misfortune hunts in packs?

But misfortune is a two edged sword
Not everybody shares;
Are we, by a rash assumption,
Comparing apples to our pears?

We’re in the claws of mad folderol:
From the cradle ‘til depart
Believing that the universe
Is disharmony, in three parts.

Peering through the perceived clouds
We miss the silver lining,
And exile our hopes to despair,
With superstitious whining.

But what if groups of three pile up
And then sneakily combine?
What if groups of threes, come in threes?
And misfortune comes in nines?

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© J Cosmo Newbery 2013
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63 comments:

  1. Started off feeling slightly superstitious, now I'm feeling positively paranoid!

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    1. Just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean that they are not our to get you!

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  2. Misfortune hunting in packs is a truly scary concept. Particularly for us slow runners.

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    1. Can't you here the hounds? A-wooooo...

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  3. Shereene Kyleene BoganSeptember 22, 2013

    And what if
    misfortune comes in nines
    And what if
    misfortune comes in twelves
    And what if
    the sky tumbles down
    and covers you
    in a fug of black cloud
    It's spring
    Eat drink and especially get merry
    Tell everyone to get stuffed!

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    1. Good to see you here Shereene. Did Darleen get her moccies back?

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    2. Nah...she swapped them with her beautician for a brazilian...summer swimming season almost here...doesn't want to frighten the snorkellers!

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    3. Her parole officer would be proud of her.

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    4. Why do I have visions of the Sargasso Sea?

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    5. Because you have been reading Jean Rhys. What is my prize for giving the correct answer ? I hope it is something expensive!

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    6. A rare recording, on a scratchy EP, of John Howard and Tony Abbott singing "We are one, we are many" in front of a gently waving chorus of kelp.

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    7. Gently waving chorus of kelp....nice line !
      I'd watch that kinda talk..could land you in trouble. Team players don't talk like that. Too posh!

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    8. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...cough...splutter....snifff...sorry.

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    9. Pint-sized peon! Go and sluice the stables!

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  4. 3 is bad enough.
    I draw the line at worrying about 9!

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    1. I could have gone to three lots of three lots of three. The 27 horsemen of the box of chips.

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    2. I thought it was a lot of thrips?

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  5. I suggest a nice cup of tea and a wee lie down.

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    1. Scalded myself when I fell off the bed holding the tea...

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    2. One more to go then?

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  6. seee now how am i supposed to sleep when all those things are piling up ready to unleash a WMD of bad luck upon me?

    what is the name of the movie in the pic...the three amigos? i need to see that again...haha...

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  7. I suppose it was the rhyme and perhaps the illustration and perhaps the time -
    but whatever the reason whatever the cause
    I smile and offer a round of applause :)

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  8. "Peering through the perceived clouds We miss the silver lining, And exile our hopes to despair, With superstitious whining."
    - Yes! Aint that the truth though.

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    1. Thank you. Well, I wrote it so i am hardly going to disagree! ;-)

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    1. Terrific, adj, derived from terror. Yep, that works.

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    1. He's a shining wit, according to the good Dr Spooner.

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  11. I agree with Sreejit Poole, those lines are my fav too.. and the ending question scares me :)

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  12. Really enjoyed the poem! But the writers/producers of that movie should have read it first!! :)

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  13. So many options....and how many does joy come in?

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  14. Hmm be it any culture no " 3" has been associated with bad luck. But in Hinduisism there is a phrase that sings the virtue of " 3". It states that if you have no "3" then all your hurdles will be gone!

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    1. The French have a menage a trois...

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  15. last line is hilarious....... :D

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  16. Misfortune comes in nines. Yeah, that makes sense.

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  17. This is so clever and witty. I can relate to misfortune coming in nines:)

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    1. I believe cats hope misfortune comes in eights, leave them the ninth for sleeping by the heater.

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  18. Just wonderful!! I really enjoyed this!

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  19. This was a lot of fun to read - your play on words is outstanding.

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  20. I'm not sure I can do the math, but it sounds right to me!

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  21. Great rhythm in this J. It reads beautifully aloud.

    Pamela

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    1. I found it worked best when recited under water.

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  22. Your photo made me smile but your words are just brilliant!

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  23. There is another superstition about the Ring of Three. That it is the strongest defense and brings prosperity. The bad energy is released, only when or if the Ring of Three is broken. Then disaster follows. Like the rhythm and the sounds here, and especially those final lines.

    Elizabeth

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    1. Damn those contrary theories! It's like the conflict between "Too many cooks spoil the broth" and "Many hands make light work"!

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  24. I've morphed into the Three Wise Monkeys...I decided it wiser to be that way!

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    1. I'm the fourth otherwise monkey.

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  25. You have a point here as Alexander supposedly cut through the Gordian knot rather than undo it died a very early death. Clearly you can't beat fate. 3, 9 who is counting?

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    1. I apologiss for the SOM - she's not one for numbers.

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  27. we superstitious cantonese like the number 3 because it sounds like "alive" in our language but we avoid taking photos with 3 persons in it. pretty contradictory, i know.

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    1. I don't believe in superstitons, touch wood.

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  28. That nines idea is just terrible! You made us think with this one.

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