Marie Elena’s Pick:

After ridiculously long and arduous consideration, my bloom this week goes to De Jackson’s “Quill and Quiver.”  I remember that quote, De, and I remember commenting on the poem it came from.  Your resulting piece is another example of why I simply cannot get enough De Jackson.   BRILLIANT.


The pen might be mightier than the sword,
but sometimes
it’s also infinitely harder to pick up.
– De Jackson

Quill & Quiver

Heavy, this.
Instrument of poem
and pleasure and pain
and promise,
tuning fork
whittling blade
opener of ventricle
and vein
peddler of rejected phrase
and coveted praise
magic wand.

we must simply
thrust you against
chilling wind
and uncloseted sin
grasp you with both
hesitant hands
lift eyes past our own center
swallow your vast
and valiant weight
Walt Quotes…

Words to live. A tag that has been placed on many phrase worthy of the designation, and not quite so. Wit and wisdom upon which we were raised have guided our movements as long as we are blessed by life. But it doesn’t take a whole lot of profundity to come up with sage advice. Sometimes common sense rules the day; seizes the moment. I have found much to glean from such words expressed in this piece by my BEAUTIFUL BLOOM  selection, S.E. Ingraham.

“If it feels like something needs to be said, say it …”
By Sharon Ingraham

For every time I’ve walked away from the one hurting
without opening my mouth – I apologize
For each person getting the short end of the stick
when I stayed silent – again, I am so sorry
And more than anything, for anyone anywhere
who was being told something unfairly, cruelly, meanly …
Or being treated in a manner equally unjust –
Anything that I knew in my heart was wrong
when I remained still – I am sorrier than I can put into words

Life is too short, it occurs to me, to let the opportunity
To right a wrong go by – to say the right thing or make someone’s life
A little easier – an event both too rare and too common to ever let slip by …
So don’t, I admonish myself …
As Dostoevsky said many years ago,
“Much unhappiness has come into this world
by words left unsaid”
I concur whole-heartedly …

What’s the worst that could happen? I might embarrass myself?
A possibility, of course – but far better I should feel a bit embarrassed
Than spend hours, days, or a whole lot longer regretting words with-held
Words I know should have been spoken at the time
Words that would have cost me little if anything but that might
Have made all the difference to the person suffering

So now, a variation of Dostoevsky’s words are words to live by for me –
If I find myself ever wondering, should I say something?
I know – without question – yes, I should – and I do
In addition to, “life’s short and uncertain, eat dessert first”
It’s a reworking of the age-old “Carpe Diem” attitude, I try to embrace always
… these adages can sound trite, but really?
If I remember to speak up, seize the day, and eat dessert first …
It’s a good way to live …

Congratulations to both De Jackson and S.E. Ingraham for these works.

We also wish to acknowledge all poets who, week-in and week-out, bring their wonderful words to our garden. All your brilliance shines brightly. Thank you.

12 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS – PROMPT #40

  1. I couldn’t agree more with these selections! Congratualtions, Sharon and De; I just love your work!!! Hen

  2. Great choices, Walt and Marie. Full of wisdom. To the second one, I would add a rider to think before speaking – many’s the time I’ve regretted hasty words. I haven’t had time this week to read much that has been posted, still less to make my own contributions, so I’m so glad to have had these Blooms pointed out to me..

  3. Thank you so much Walt – you honour and award me again with this award and it means as much to me this time – maybe even more – as it did the first time.

    Something I need to maybe clarify about this quote for those who have maybe misunderstood the intent … I too was raised in the school of, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, say nothing” and I continue to live by that rule whenever possible.

    This quote has nothing to do with that adage – this is for those times when I know something wrong is happening and I stay silent; when someone is being harmed either verbally or physically and I turn and walk away without opening my mouth, when I feel in my gut that something should be said – whether it’s to stop a parent from beating their kid in public, or someone for berating their spouse within my hearing – I know when I should’ve spoken up and didn’t … it gets harder to live with myself the older I get. That’s what this is about. Thank for letting me explain.

    • Sharon, I agree with you. There are countless times I should have spoken up and didn’t. Or when my silence may have been mistakenly taken as agreement, and I knowingly let that error stand. As you say, the older I get, the harder it is to live with myself in those moments. Thank you for this offering — and for your clarification. Bless your heart.

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