Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1156 - Harvest

Sunday Whirl (Wordle #321) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.  

The words this week are:

possible, pretense, individual, light, challenge, teeming,
route, drug, shock, jump, bulk, dearth


There's no dearth of kindness
In this world of ours;
Only in our blindness
We gather thorns for flowers.
- Gerald Massey

Some individuals prickle,
Spikey and aggressive.
They seem to enjoy it—
As if it is a drug of sorts—
Enjoy the challenge
To get under our skin,
To shock,
To hurt,
Too often.

But on reflection,
Offence is taken,
Not given.
In a day teeming with words
The bulk of them fly past.
Why is it possible 
For some to make us jump
While others go almost unnoticed?
Perhaps the route to a happy life
Is to let them all go past.

But what if it is all pretense?
Paraphrasing Gibran—
If thorns are all they have to give
Then is giving them
On their part?
© J Cosmo Newbery 2017

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  1. Interesting philosophical slant and good questions to ponder indeed.

  2. Some people are unerring at pushing our buttons. But yes, things to consider indeed.

  3. It is interesting to consider thorns as a gift, when it is all someone has to offer. Perhaps the gift is in the warning they give.

  4. I agree, this is such a deeply philosophical write!

  5. Yes indeed. Interesting point to ponder!

  6. Goodness, we can hope not. Because if all the nastiness out there is rolling around because those spewing it have nothing else to give, then we are in deep, deep, deep trouble.

  7. I wonder, but maybe ignoring is even better.


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