Winged Denial (NaPoWriMo-2017, Day 6)

This post—for better or worse—serves the WordPress daily prompt, “Denial”, as well as the NaPoWriMo, “same thing, various perspectives” optional prompt…

“…our (optional) prompt. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that looks at the same thing from various points of view. The most famous poem of this type is probably Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”. You don’t need to have thirteen ways of looking at something – just a few will do!”


Denial—hologram species avian

Diamond-eyed, glittering pinions

Mother of Pearl—

Flies through drapery-sash’d window

Perches on bedpost, Midnight’s hour-indigo

Soothing sleep, or death prevents

By whatever portentous missions sent…

That restless soul in thoughts un-still

Wakes, mind rough-ragged

Wended by slim strength of will

To contend with new-blued dawn…

When again a flutter, Denial

Lights, barely seen—translucent

Silk—or not at all

Yet constrains the travel

Where danger waits—

A mercy unknown, unrevealed

Thus often cursed for missed bus, train

Encounter with evil ne’er-do-well…


Undetectable origin, but inference

Substantial—whether shushed, ignored

Denial now wings to table or tavern

Makes noisome gust

Amid spangle splendor’d

Carnal banquet beckons

Tastes, temptations

Heart-hungers, lust

All palates aroused, bored…

What no one to confessor tells

Yearnings which indigestions reward

Worse, murky voyages on various hells…


Presently, hovers subtle, soundless

Over innocence, ignorance

World’s lifeblood, dreams at stake

Lazer-bright beaded eyes

Seek good men and generous

With view beyond themselves to defend

Those whose spirit grasps, senses

In elusive wafted breeze

Denial’s beauty, holy-voiced pleas

To sacrifice from sufficient store

One-day poverty, two-days plenty

Folks who hear Word, deem divine ‘must’

Of humbled gratitude, cheerfully share

What they’ve got with another

Having learned crown-jeweled lesson

Ne’er begrudge whole loaf, or crust

Knowing far oftener than it asks, takes

Denial grants infinitely better, More

Then lifting in flight, next journey makes.

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