Saturday, 27 April 2013

Xeric

I'm doing poetry this month, in case you missed the first post
Desert Leader


Such is the dearth
of compassion.
And such the opulence
of alienation
we live amidst,
that a flourishing town
Appears sparse
to one who has lost 
all; or to the one
who only
needs some water.
But there is a drought
you see,
of empathy.
The doors are bolted
and faces masked.
For safety
you see,
Respect our privacy.
Get back some other day,
busy as we are today.
There is an emergency
you see,
Such is our ignominy.

People people everywhere,
But not a soul in sight.


After a lot of thought regarding the right 'X' word, I chose Xeric. The dictionary meaning of Xeric is 'containing very little moisture, or dry'. In my poem however I have attempted to modify the meaning to 'lack of love and compassion,' which is the same thing as dry but not due to dearth of water but due to absence of humanity...


7 comments:

  1. This is amazing! And creates good imagery!

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  2. Interesting perspective. Thought provoking. Nice blog.

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  3. First of all, I loved how you took a different approach to the meaning of the word. The poem accurately portrays how alienated we have become from our neighbours/surroundings and receded into our self-constructed shells.

    Best of all: the last two lines. Nice spin on Coleridge's famous lines 'Water, water everywhere/Not a drop to drink.'

    Brilliant :)

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  4. This is a perfect companion to your W poem. Another very imaginitive poem on a similar topic. Are you writing about Hollywood? :)

    #atozchallenge, Kristen's blog: kristenhead.blogspot.com

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    1. Umm no. But you see that's poetry for you. So many different meanings! :)

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  5. Thanks for stopping by The Prosers today!

    I think the lack of compassion theme came through for Xeric perfectly. Great poem, great post. Congrats on A-Z this month. One day left. Good luck! :)

    Trisha

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