Sunday, February 23, 2014

Attention Seekers

 
"pain", "pain", "pain" I howl
but "wolf" is all they hear
 
sick of being fooled
by cunning attention seekers
their backs turn
 
immune to my cries, to their lies
not recognizing the irrefutable
truth licks at their face
 

Linking up with dVerse and Imaginary Garden With Real Toads.  Inspired by the boy who cried wolf.

38 comments:

  1. Creative twist on a timeless fable.

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    1. Thanks, it was a favorite of mine growing up.

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  2. truth licks their face...ha...it has a way of overcoming the lies...
    i've known an attention seeker or two in my day.
    smiles.

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  3. ah - cool take on the fable - people def. will stop listening when they heard too many wolf cries in their life already

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  4. Oh, that lick-yes, I have seen this happen! Nicely done

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  5. Indeed.. Cry wolf to many times .. Loved the poem

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  6. Haha clever this one! I love this fable!

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    1. Thanks Aditi, it's always been a favorite.

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  7. Ah,a cool spin on that old fable-loved it!Excellent writing:-)

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  8. I remember this fable, smiles ~ Those attention seekers are a challenge to handle ~ I do like though that truth licks at their face ~ Happy week ~

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  9. Love the image and the fable. I grew up on the fables by I. Krylov. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Krylov
    This fable - new for me...now I know. Thanks. :)

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  10. Such an original take on the old story, and so apt to modern life in the first world. Those last lines are killer.

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  11. Those last two lines are so powerful!

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  12. What an incredible wolf image - spectacularly beautiful. Your art is amazing. Enjoyed the poem. I read it that the narrator has true pain that others dont believe exists. As I have a host of invisible but very real ailments, that only lately has been recognized as true illness, I resonate with this!

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  13. This really gets my attention. Powerful wolf image emerges though the paiin and real life.

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  14. Strong and sad at the same time.

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  15. Your concise poem carries weight. Nothing wasted here. "truth licks" is an exceptional phrase.

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    1. Thanks Kim for such a lovely comment.

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  16. So full of real pain - I like the way you have used the well-known fable in this way to make your point. (Also, your poetry book arrived today - can't wait to sit down with it!)

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    1. Thanks Brenda, hope you enjoy the book. :0)

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  17. nice turn of words on the fable...it carried the theme of your poem...

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  18. Ah, the guilt that keeps mothers up night...
    Tight and angry. Good work!

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  19. sometimes it seems there are some who can;t live in truth, thus they create a life of lies. lovely job portraying such!

    stacy lynn mar
    http://warningthestars.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Stacy . .. I've met a number of people who live a life of lies. I've always wondered about the energy that must take.

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  20. i love that image. love how you turn each image into works of art.

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    1. Thanks, I often have as much fun with the images as the words. I typically start with the words first and then try and create something that goes with it.

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  21. This can be read on more than one level, for sure. Beautiful.

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    1. I'm glad it comes across that way, it's often what I aim for. Open enough for people to read their own thing into it.

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  22. This pulls at me--truth licks---it really does--tight and powerful write Kathryn

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  23. That last line really is the perfect ending.

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  24. I loved the story, Kathyrn, and always felt sorry for the boy. You did a good job showing his pain.
    Also I identified somehow the poem with Mom's picture on the wall, we called it The Lone Wolf.
    I have the picture now hanging in my 'office'.
    Thank you for the nice anniversary salute.
    ..

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    1. Love that it resonated with the picture on your wall.

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  25. You sure packed a LOT into a few lines. I'm in awe.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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  26. you have really taken this fable to a new place...so fitting for our contemporary world.

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    1. Thanks Ronald, this was a favorite of mine growing up.

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