It Is Written ~ Vehicles of THE WORD

It Is Written ~ Vehicles of THE  WORD

It is Written ~ Vehicles of THE WORD

it is written
on walls of stone, brick, clay
tablets
perhaps ten
commanding attention
consideration
of days when
equanimity, liberty, creativity
were shot/shut down
and voices
drowned
leaving only
walls of stone, brick, clay
tablets
perhaps ten
as vehicles
of The Word

*The inimitable Anna Montgomery prompted this post over at The Bar. Love it!

27 thoughts on “It Is Written ~ Vehicles of THE WORD

  1. Susan says:

    Pout: your blog doesn’t remember me anymore. But here I am anyway, filling in the blanks every time just to say I enjoy this poem and all the tablet walls I can think of. I have a piece of the Berlin Wall thanks to a friendly traveler. And I know the 10 commandments of Moses’ tablet. “Vehicles of the word” speaks beyond itself.

  2. Bjorn says:

    I like this a lot. The modern tablet… We should take time to read those more often.

  3. Grace says:

    I like the return in the end to the tablets, ten vehicles of the word ~ Such an interesting street art/image as well ~ Happy day to you Kim ~

  4. Tony says:

    There has been graffiti in all ages – and people tut-tutting about it too.

    If I might suggest a minor modification? Changing “did drown” to “drowned” is a more natural speech pattern and it doesn’t interfere with the flow of your poem.

    • Kim Nelson says:

      Thank you for the suggestion, Tony! Done. I greatly appreciate constructive criticism that results in a tighter, better product.

  5. Jane says:

    I am always impressed with your clarity. You dipped deep into ancient past’s stories of old. Amazing how the raw materials are the same… : )

  6. lucychili says:

    i imagine the graffiti wall representing the 10 stones now
    it stands over the bed and suitcase
    but the concrete wall behind is smooth and oblivious

  7. Manicddaily says:

    Hi Kim – this is so interesting – I frankly think that there is Graffiti and then Graffiti and some really does rise to a much higher level than others – which you do allow for here. What I love are the subtle Biblical references – beyond the tablets and the commandments , which are themselves such creative ways of looking at it all – the drowning voices – I think of the Red Sea parting and then collapsing – voices on all sides – words on all sides – really interesting. k.

  8. Tracy Kuhn Greenlee says:

    Kim, I love biblical references in poetry — and here you took a subject like graffiti and homeless, and married it to our spiritual truth… very interesting and well done…thank you for visiting my blog.

  9. Mary says:

    I love the mention of the Ten Tablets. Grafitti perhaps…but their influence lives on!

  10. Renee says:

    However messages are seen and interpreted and wherever they are seen, can be a positive thing.
    Nicely written.

  11. Bodhirose says:

    I love your creative take on the prompt, Kim…stonework graffiti… I guess man has been wanting to leave a mark somewhere as long as there have been humans. Perhaps it’s in our nature to have a bit of ourselves “publicized”.

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