The participle principle

Is this future or past?
I do not understand

dancers forced on laps,
buildings designed to collapse,

the internet conspiracy of connection,
the falsity of viagra erections,

a modern-day mantra of Why me?,
the disintegration of accountability,

people scarred by one another,
a steroid or rohypnol subculture,

girls who would rather be bought,
boys who prefer not to be taught.

It is the age of lament
and we rage to know:

Is this future or past?

The participle principle by 

The title is a pun on the way participles work across past, present and future.

I’ve written previously about tweaking poems to meet specific guidelines and the 2012 Poetry in Film Festival (PIFF). So, out of my poem Twisted I’ve now got another entry for PIFF, alongside Alert & Alarmed.

I’ll defer to Anna Quindlen, of The New York Times: “People who are knowledgeable about poetry sometimes discuss it in that knowing, rather hateful way in which oenophiles talk about wine: robust, delicate, muscular. This has nothing to do with how most of us experience it, the heart coming around the corner and unexpectedly running into the mind. Of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling.”

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  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 3 years ago

    WOW! You are so talented. Fabulous!! XOXOXOXOOXXO

  • Thanks so much for your encouragement Shar. My first entry was Alert & Alarmed, but when they said they’d love to read more of my poetry, I try to keep a few ideas ticking away in the background of my mind xxx

    – msdebbie

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