IWSG: Do Words See, As Well As Hear?

Who is only visual or always auditory?
Changing pools of fresh dropped pearls
bare the splash of bad breath airs
before the swines of our hearts.

Do mothers need to see a child,
to listen for the double-toned lie?

Watching O.J. voiceless, kept him innocent
until we heard his rancor, bitterness
crash terrorizing on the “Nicole Tapes,”
his slashing anger, her convinced helplessness.

Reading, unvoiced, a sister’s jeering snobbery,
tone checked, clutching ice its warmest chord.

Sitting naked of channel surfers,
shaking from embarrassed sympathy,
with less to do than
watching stock cars crash,

bless salvation with biblical incantations
laid side to cleaven side,
restore elongations of nerve,
those far extensions of self, apart from navel kissing.

Bash gruel across the unwashed wax of Aunt Tilly’s ear,
capture and flaunt gibberings over
the expanse of shelf and time
on virgin faces of the best part of trees.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG will be Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!

8 Replies to “IWSG: Do Words See, As Well As Hear?

  1. Hi,
    Your poem is magnificent. I have sat here at my computer and read it twice to let the rhyming and your word choices build pictures in my mind and speak to me. Excellent job.

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