Sunday Whirl (Wordle #211) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.
The words this week are:
plaster, chill, rattle, drum, recede, scry,
thread, web, know, sin, cry, creek
The old lady sits at a baize-covered table
To scry, to ply the art of the ball and Tarot;
What she sees chills her old bones
And, muttering, she hopes it is not so.
The village has an idiot, old mad Tony,
Who delights in low grade baloney,
Always rattling the spear
Of racism and fear,
A story that’s self-serving but phoney.
You can plaster cracks
You can draw together stray threads,
But the faults remain.
The old lady put away her cards
Covered her ball with a sheet
She knew that what she had seen was a sin:
To demonise, to imprison and mistreat.
Leaders should attend—
The drums of decent people
Echo through the house.
The lies continue
They do not cease
They do not recede
They build upon each other
One upon another
As if the new one
Will distract us from the old
They are cogs in a corporate machine
Who worships their money and Queen,
We are lead up a creek
Where humanity is bleak
And paddles seldom are seen.
The old lady stood and departed her tent
What she had seen compelled her to cry.
She could see that the story was horrid
But had no way to fathom out why.
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of the people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes.
- Les Miserables
© J Cosmo Newbery 2015
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