Monday, September 26, 2011

Imago Populi, Imago Dei

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I love French graffiti.  This chat was found in Dijon.

I watched too much of the Sunday morning news shows this weekend.  So when I sat down to create a response to the Second Platform Campaign Challenge all of those words passed back and forth across all those anchor desks of the news pundits still had a choking grip on my brain.

I guess if it didn’t have directions like these, they wouldn’t call it a “challenge”:

Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should:
•    include the word "imago" in the title
•    include the following 4 random words: "miasma," "lacuna," "oscitate," "synchronicity,"
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post.
For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY!


So, here for your entertainment is a bit of political poesy.

Imago Populi, Imago Dei

Mud slings, barbs fly, hatred, venom, lies
Prop up the ambitions rising from the miasma
     of proverbial smoke-filled back rooms.
A lacuna of leadership;
They oscitate and equivocate,
Playing with semantics and our lives.
Mirrors are held up, not to reflect but to deflect
Awareness of the synchronicity of their posturing.
Would He really want to claim us?
Or does He say, hands on hips, head shaking,
“I just can’t wait until you have children of your own.”

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If this bit of creativity caught your imagination, head over to the Challenge and give a "like" to #109.
If you're not part of the Challenge, I'd still like to know what's on your mind in the comments.

 

27 comments:

Damyanti said...

Playing with semantics and our lives.
Mirrors are held up, not to reflect but to deflect
Awareness of the synchronicity of their posturing.


Powerful lines, very resonant and relevant to current events.

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K.T. Hanna said...

So much with so little. Very thought provoking. You made the words flow and pack a punch.

Really well written.

Ruth Hartman Berge said...

So accurate with the current state of things. Nice use of the words.

Joanna said...

a political punch, indeed. Loved this pithy poem very much! Très bien écrit!

Julie Farrar said...

Thanks for the responses so far. I'm not a poet, but it felt good to challenge myself.

F.E. Sewell said...

"Playing with semantics and our lives.
Mirrors are held up, not to reflect but to deflect"

These two lines are so well-written and true. I absolutely love poetry. Well done!

Beverly Diehl said...

You did exactly what a poem should, said much in few words. Bravo!

catherinemjohnson said...

Fabulous poem!

Sheri L. Swift said...

Very nice poem! ; )

Sonia Lal said...

Poem reminds of the current situation!

And I really like the last line about children of our own. LOL

Jen said...

This is beautiful. I agree with Sonia - your last line about children of our own made me laugh.
Mine is #3.

Laura@Catharsis said...

I love the French graffiti as well. And the poem. Fantastic. I stay away from poetry. Even though I teach it to my students and love it when I read it, I am not confident in my ability. Bravo!

Cheryl Reif said...

I love "not to reflect, but to deflect"--rings so true. Thanks for commenting on mine so I could discover yours--you've used the form to showcase these crazy words seamlessly!

bridgetstraub.com said...

Well done and I love that first picture. There is something really interesting about it. Mine is #29

j.young said...

Well said.

David Powers King said...

Oh no! The haunting curse that parents give. And it actually works! Wow. You said it all.

Great job, Julie! :)

Melinda Farrar said...

Julie,
Love the poem. Right on target. They haven't beaten you yet if you still have some sense of humor!

brenda said...

Absolutely perfect! I am jealous as I always am reading poets in motion. I am more of a story teller in verse, but always in awe when I see others that have the corner of word usage. Love it.

Michael Ann said...

You're not a poet? Yes you are! That was REALLY good, Julie! Very powerful. I say you should write more poems.

raelynbarclay said...

Very thought provoking. Great job with the challenge!

MuMuGB said...

That's a hell of a challenge. Well done!

Grillyfish said...

I liked this very much and very impressive if poetry is not something you write often!! Well done :)

Rachel McClellan said...

I liked this and will vote for it. I picture it as a rap song, a little Emmenem I think. I'm 125.

Ron Smith said...

Wow. Wasn't expecting that. Really powerful stuff. Nice job. Great usage of the chosen words.

Ron Smith said...

You're #109 Julie.

Julie Farrar said...

Yeah, somehow I got switch from #110 to #109. Don't know how it happened.

Karen deBlieck said...

Your poetry was wonderful and powerful. Thanks for sharing that with us. Great job!

#189

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