Sunday Whirl (Wordle #270) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.
The words this week are:
spin, limit, flash, state, park, line,
flip, insulate, mimic, fade, rim, kick
Have I parked in the right place?
Can I mention the war?
Did that player deserve the free kick?
I mean, will mentioning it cause me grief?
Will you turn on me?
And what if I state my preference
For the coming elections?
Will it flip the switch from docile
To a spitting monster of ridicule,
You with your flashing eyes and cutting words?
Can I live with my timidity?
Can I live without it?
Religion, of course, has even tighter limits,
Everything is spun and recited
In a domestic mimic of a street
Purveyor of fine apocalypses.
Doomed. We are all doomed. Repent.
Lines, well rehearsed, are fired back
With the fine precision born of repetition.
Memories of past encounters,
Past eruptions of disapproval
Do. Not. Fade.
Reborn with each remembrance
They resist attempts to insulate,
But survival can depend on remembering
Where the rim of the precipice is,
Or the path around the minefield.
But is no guarantee.
It is curious that the phrase
Is ‘walking on eggshells’—
If the eggs are already broken,
Does it matter any more?
© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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