Words manipulated into poems,
weave magic images to delight;
puns are words tortured and laboured,
into a comic juxtaposition of ideas;
spoken in honeyed tones – words soothe;
spat with venom – love dies.

for Trifecta, who have given us this definition of the  word  MANIPULATE :  to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one’s purpose : to doctor  and asked us to use it in between 33 and 333 words.  As usual,  I chose to limit myself to 33.

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13 Responses to Words

  1. Viv, thanks for your good wishes, and the same right back at you. The final two lines are amazing. True and well said. I hope you and Jock are faring all right. Love, Amy


  2. A poem that cuts right to the chase. Your last line is the brutal truth!
    I’ve been doing the ’52’ poems on fb as well – a bit intimidating, but a great challenge.


  3. brigid sivill says:

    Missed your blog for a long time Viv – so good to find it again. Hope that you are keeping well. I have been doing the 52 poem a week (closed group on Facebook) – it has nearly 400 contributors now – you might enjoy it. It’s been good for me because I am so bad at putting stuff out. I am interested in the way the language works too – been trying, under the 52 influence – to write more specifically and down to earth – close observation has been good for me! Off for the second knee today so my head will no doubt go to mush again for a bit but I look forward to more mobile and intense poetic work soon. Love to you both X


    • Good luck for the op. You will soon be skipping about like a 5-year-old. When does Phil get his new hip?

      Can you give me a link to the group? I’m doing less on the blog, but trying to do it better! So often I post poems and then find that they were merely embryos of poems that need developing.


  4. C.C. says:

    I love words, and this particular combination of words is exquisite 🙂


  5. Your last two lines juxtaposing each other are truly effective, Viv. Well done!


  6. colonialist says:

    Hoy! I resent the implication that I subject words to slavery and torture! 🙂


  7. Bodhirose says:

    Words definitely can carry venom and manipulate…well done, Viv.


  8. theinnerzone says:

    Outstanding lines. Enjoyed reading it.


  9. Alice Keys says:

    Wow. What a biting poem, Viv.


  10. Pamela says:

    Love this, Viv. And the last couplet speaks volumes. Have a lovely day. Mine is just beginning.



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