Three Word Wednesday Reflections – Free Verse – February 6, 2015

There but for fortune …

before your spring flower wilts
and deathly cold makes you shiver
don’t let your desire for quiet numb you,
’cause there but for fortune go you, or I

you walk down the dirty city streets
not seeing the homeless and weary …
you hear the shouts from next door
ignoring he drinks and beats his wife …

you religiously watch the evening news
so full of horror, yet you’re numb:
a mother killed her own child today,
then guilty jumped to meet her death …

a man lost his job and home
then shot himself in early dawn …
our bombs fall on a foreign city
killing randomly at night …

wilted lives gone stale and bad
“others” shiver in unbidden horrors,
hidden in your desire not to see …
you forget that yours is just good fortune.

© G.s.k. ‘15

3 Word Wednesday

3 Word Wednesday

The  words for Three Word Wednesday were: wilt, shiver and desire

Another version of “There But for Fortune” which I’d never heard:

This poem was inspired by one of my readers.  Over the past week, she’s had occasion to write: “there but for fortune …. ” and today I just couldn’t let it pass without reflecting on the song .. and the differnt aspects of our world today, where there but for fortune may go you or I … Here’s to Jen from Blog it or Lose it! with many thanks.

14 thoughts on “Three Word Wednesday Reflections – Free Verse – February 6, 2015

  1. Have I been repeating myself THAT much? Oh dear! Sorry! But — at least a really moving, really well-written poem was born as a result. 🙂

    The wheel of fortune — always turning — we’re all two steps from disaster — so we need to be more open and more sympathetic, don’t we?

    Great work, Georgia — and thanks so much for the kind words, too. 🙂


    • I think that perhaps I’ve been repeating certain subjects that kind of lead the way open to that particular comment .. I really do hope you enjoyed it. I wrote it then rewrote it and I’think it might do still with a little more of a polish. Thanks for the inspiration!


      • Oh, I do love it!!!! And glad to provide the inspiration.
        Speaking of inspiration -there’s a ghazal in the dungeon. [Yes, hell might have just frozen over.] LOL


        • YOU … a ghazal! … My word … now I’ll have to write a fordjwhatever … or one of those lovely Filipino poems …. Just teasing .. I’m off to open my mail box and will jump right over!

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  2. There but for the grace of always runs through my thoughts too…it is good that we have such beliefs in a collective consciousness…we can build our own little hells (well, speaking for myself) but really…compared to out there…it is far from true suffering


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