Paper Tigers – Wordle/Free Verse – February 24, 2015


Chimera Picture  (2d, fantasy, creature, chimera)

Concept for Wrath of the Titans – by Daren Horley


The Paper Tiger we thought defunct
stood in his partition of the world
dead drunk by all his power, now sour and curdled –
but he still twinges besotted in his bowl of dark draught …
only anabiosis had set in creating death’s illusion.

His Altruistic enemy – faced by the empty visage of inertia
for the good of us all – resuscitated vestiges of the old cold war
now twinging we look on
wondering if it might not have been better
just to be crushed by a wayward meteor.

To think we once augured an end to the conflict
only to find – once it was over –
that the strength we thought we saw was only a chimera –
just Paper Tigers: no winners – just losers …
who pompously filled the old news reels gloating
in the gloaming of our failing worm wooded civilization.

© G.s.k. 15

The wordle contains 12 words those words are:

Broken, Visage (the face), Paper Tiger (a person, group, nation, thing that has the appearance of strength but is ineffectual), Defunct (no longer in use),  Partition (a division, separation), Anabiosis (bringing back to conscious, reanimation after apparent death), Curdle, Meteor, Altruism (the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others), Twinge, Bowl, Draught

Yves has prepared us an exceptionally difficult wordle!  Of course Paper Tiger was the word that set the tone for the whole poem … anyone born before 1980 will have recognized the appellation immediately … and from whence it came 😉

Anabiosis also means: A temporary state of suspended animation or greatly reduced metabolism. I used it like this … draught is that lovely beer that you get at the pub … also known as draft beer or just draft when you’re in said pub.  Chimera comes from Greek mythology and was sort of a fire-breathing dragon and was a said to be a terrifying beast … but now days in English it’s used when we want to talk about a dream that is unlikely to come true.


Written for Monday Wordle Prompt at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie