Todays Create Tomorrows. . .

Words matter,
sly winks silence not.
Words hurled into sea of humanity
ripple inhumanity.
Build waves tumultuously
till tsunami destroys.

Words matter,
crowds riled to group-think.
Vitriolic spittled slogans,
us-them denigration.
Barbed words
create the wire.

This era,
tomorrow’s ancient script.
Our ever-living shame.


De hosts Monday’s Quadrille at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Today’s prompt word is “wink.” A quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come join us!  

25 thoughts on “Todays Create Tomorrows. . .

  1. Adda November 5, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    I am not a poet but I love what this says. So pointed. and I agree. ❤


  2. V.J. Knutson November 5, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    Words do matter. Love the ‘group-think’. You have hit on so many important points.


  3. kanzensakura November 5, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    This is super Lillian. So many points to ponder in this short miracle. We have a lot to be held accountable over.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) November 5, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    I think words have never mattered more… sometimes I feel like we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder…


  5. Glenn Buttkus November 5, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Damn rights–words matter more than ever. Ironically it’s a good time to be a poet, a witness to the chaos. Your 44 is so sturdy, so clarion–I applaud your truth, your words.


  6. whimsygizmo November 5, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    “Barbed words
    create the wire” is stunning, Lil.


  7. kim881 November 5, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Oh, I agree, Lill – words matter – and we prove that here at the dVerse Poets Pub. Sterling lines:
    ‘Words hurled into sea of humanity
    ripple inhumanity’
    and .
    ‘Barbed words
    create the wire.’
    I hope we see some sense in the mid-term elections – for America and for the rest of the world.


  8. Frank Hubeny November 5, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    Words can do a lot of damage. Good warning about them.


  9. sanaarizvi November 5, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    I applaud your words and spirit, Lillian! ❤️


  10. Misky November 5, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    Words absolutely do count, Lillian.


  11. Charmed Chaos November 5, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    This packs a punch Lillian- excellent! On the eve of tomorrow, I am praying for a wave- a BLUE ONE!

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  12. revivedwriter November 5, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    Our current society does make me wonder how the future will view us. The line about “us-them denigration” stands out to me.


  13. Grace November 5, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Words do matter indeed and can create a hate-filled response. Good luck on elections tomorrow and hoping for the best.


  14. Mary (tqhousecat) November 5, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Oh yes…words matter! Hurled into humanity, ripple inhumanity….such a strong poem!


  15. qbit November 5, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    “Barbed words / create the wire”. Perfect.


  16. jazzytower November 5, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    So true. Will see where it all leads tomorrow. Well said.


  17. Mish November 5, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    Your message is strong, each phrase packed in relevance to our world today. I especially liked “Vitriolic spittled slogans”. We wait on the edge of our seats here in Canada too, so much out of our hands, except to pray for better days.


  18. lynn__ November 5, 2018 / 11:11 pm

    The “group think”, “us/them denigration” and “barbed words” are truly shameful…on all sides! Maybe poets can bring words of truth, hope, and healing to our world 🙂


  19. Just Barry November 5, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    This is a tight 44-word combo. I share your sentiments. I hope for reason tomorrow, but I have no reason to be optimistic. Well-written.


  20. Gina November 6, 2018 / 2:10 am

    words can sway us, powerful words do that powerfully


  21. Kira November 7, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    Wow! Words are containers of power and they do matter! Love your take on this prompt.


  22. Rob Kistner November 12, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    I like this Lillian, though the sledge hammer makes me a bit n-n-nervous… 🙂

    …rob from Image & Verse

    My “wink”


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