Sunday Wordle: June 17

Here are the words from Wordle 61 at The Sunday Whirl: blend, latch, chest, current, draft, string, crack, spare, temper, refrain, racket, trace, strike.

These words seemed to want to be a poem. Here’s a draft:

Muddle

Outside, the air’s a rare blend of jasmine

and wood smoke from the grill. My chest hurts

from hunching over the computer too long,

this draft a muddle of temper, a racket of voices.

 

I need something spare: a bare room, silence,

a crack in the face of time. There’s too much noise

in here; it drags me down its racing current.

I wait for the clock to strike the ending.

 

Where’s the latch and string when I need it,

a simple exit where not a trace of sense

remains: not jasmine, not smoke, not even this

refrain of words, scrabbling to be heard.

cane chair in sunlight

24 thoughts on “Sunday Wordle: June 17

  1. LOVE this. Especially: “this draft a muddle of temper, a racket of voices.” and “I need something spare: a bare room, silence,

    a crack in the face of time.”

    I can SO relate. This is perfect. Perfect.

    1. Oh, my! Thank you so much, De. I don’t “do” much poetry, but I love how freeing it is to play with a word list like this. I think it’s good for my “fiction self” too. Thanks for reading and for the lovely comment.

  2. I am amazed at what a gorgeous poem you can write with your collection of words! I love the line “this draft a muddle of temper, a racket of voices”. I think many of us writers can relate.

    1. Thanks, Emily! I’ve been known to sit and puzzle over sentences in a story, shove words around, agonize. It’s fun to let the words in a list “work,” play with them and see what comes out, pretty much unrevised.

    1. Thanks, Sara! I’m enjoying the Wordles, but this is the first poem I’ve posted for The Sunday Whirl. I’ve been doing short fiction pieces. Very versatile, those Wordle words!

  3. Love your cane chair image and this portion resonated with me severely:

    “There’s too much noise

    in here; it drags me down its racing current.”

    I’m often torn from words by such…well wordled!!

    1. Thanks, Hannah. You’re a photographer (and/or artist), aren’t you? I believe I’ve visited your website . . . You’re a friend of a friend. I’ll be back. Thank you for the read and the comment.

  4. Ah, I do understand about one’s chest hurting when bending over the computer too long. One really needs to make one’s exit sometimes! Me – I take a walk…LOL. Enjoyed your wordle.

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