Tension: A Line Drawn Taught


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Tension: A Line Drawn Taught

I am a tyrant.
I yielded her harvest so decent.

I play at decent.
I gorge on her harvest like a tyrant.

I am engorged; a tyrannical decency.
I yield to her harvest.

A yielding tyrant who harvests what she gorges –
Her decency.

Harvesting her “play at decent”,
yields her as a tyrant.

Decency of a tyrant!
Do I yield? Does she harvest?

Tyrannical decency! I gorge.
I gorge upon her.

I yielded, gorging her harvest so decent.
Do I play at tyrant?

Inspired by Real Toads Weekend Mini Challenge: The Uncertainty of the Poet, hosted by Kim M. Russell. As depicted, I opted to go with a familiar tension of sorts.

I’m kind of bummed that Real Toads is so close to ending their amazing run, so I’m trying to contribute more to their remaining prompts. It’s bittersweet, but as with most finite things within our cosmos, nothing lasts forever.

Also shared at Pantry of Poetry and Prose #7 hosted by Magaly Guerrero.

24 thoughts on “Tension: A Line Drawn Taught

  1. Whew. This is really good!

    Keith Sweat made me smile. 🙂

    I think you poets should turn your sadness into creativity and start your own original prompts on your own blogs. I’ll be watching for that to happen.

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    • Thank you. I’m curious to know how, but I’m glad to have surprised you! I enjoyed your poem about the moon too, though I couldn’t find a way to comment on your blog. 🙂


    • Hey! That feels like a shot! Are you suggesting that Seattlites have their heads up their asses?!?

      Nah, I’m yanking yer chain. I know we do. It probably came naturally to me because I’m so full of self-doubt that the voice in my head never stops questioning my actions.

      I don’t know if you did the prompt wrong. I enjoyed your poem. I’m not a big stickler for rules with no wiggleroom. The prompt inspired you to make art, and I’m glad for it. 🙂


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