Sunday Whirl (Wordle #147) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.
The words this week are:
gather, grasp, gutsy, routine, stream, body,
flow, invisible, pluck, list, ring, type
In the sprawling mess that is a city,
People gather like fish in schools
While we with an odd type of curiosity
And, invisible, peer into their limpid pools.
Watch the ebb and flow of daily bliss
See the humdrum routines and their ilk,
See her give the perfunctory kiss:
“And don’t forget to bring home some milk”.
But before he’s even left the street
She’s on her phone to ring a friend,
Though it’s really more of a passive bleat:
“Do you think this week will ever end?”
In front of the mirror, a teenage girl:
“My body’s awful, gross and fat!”
I’m the most ugly creature in the world,
The magazines have told me that”.
When dissatisfaction is on the run,
Parents are just like their teens.
“I think I’ll have a boob job done”
Then just sit around their TV screens
Illuminated with a ghostly glow
They grasp the issue and freely scoff:
“I cannot stand the trash they show!”
But don’t pluck up the will to turn it off.
“Next year’ll be different, just you wait!”
The opportunity will not be missed!”
But when they’re pushed to the starters gate
They quickly abandon the resolutions list
In the dull comfort of daily routine
Few will fight to reach a dream.
There are no gutsy salmon to be seen;
The fish are all swimming down the stream.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2014