Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Acceptance

“I just want to be loved, is that so wrong?!” 
― Harvey FiersteinTorch Song Trilogy

“I had embraced you...
long before I hugged you.” 

― Sanober Khan

“Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; 

it is a gift.” 
― Dante AlighieriInferno

Midweek Motif ~ Acceptance

Acceptance gets praise and blame:

  1. It leads to complacency.
  2. It is necessary for Forgiveness and Healing.
  3. It is the root of faith.

    Do you praise it or blame it?

    Your challenge: 
    Write a new poem containing 
    a story about acceptance.

    by Robert Frost

    When the spent sun throws up its rays on cloud

    And goes down burning into the gulf below,
    No voice in nature is heard to cry aloud
    At what has happened.
     Birds, at least must know
    It is the change to darkness in the sky.
    Murmuring something quiet in her breast,
    One bird begins to close a faded eye;
    Or overtaken too far from his nest,
    Hurrying low above the grove, some waif
    Swoops just in time to his remembered tree.
    At most he thinks or twitters softly, 'Safe!
    Now let the night be dark for all of me.
    Let the night be too dark for me to see
    Into the future.
     Let what will be, be.

    First they came for the Socialists, 
    and I did not speak out— 
    Because I was not a Socialist. 

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, 
    and I did not speak out— 
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist. 

    Then they came for the Jews, 
    and I did not speak out— 
    Because I was not a Jew. 

    Then they came for me— 
    And there was no one left 
    to speak for me.

    Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below 
    and visit others in the spirit of the community.   
    (Next week Sherry's Midweek Motif will be “Say the Names of the Places You Love.”)


    1. Acceptance is interesting in that I find some that preach it the hardest and who you imagine should be the most accepting are often the least.

    2. Hello everyone,

      Wooo hoooo its time for midweek motif once again and I miss Susan so much during this time of the week! Hope she joins us soon.. sharing my poem "Acceptance".. tried a new form this week "Echo verse", hope you all like it :D

      Lots of love,

      1. Sanaa that was a really cool form. As I said on your page I will Def give it a try.

    3. Thank you for opening the accepting doors of midweek motif - you are good enough is a good thing to hold in our hearts - excited about next weeks prompt also...thank you and happy Wednesday to all

    4. Another interesting topic today...thinking of you Susan...

    5. I have always liked Niemöller's quote! Good topic today, I think.

    6. A wonderful topic. One of my favorites. Enjoyed writing for this poem. Now, time to read all the beautiful poems of my fellow poets. And Susan, get well soon. We all miss you.

    7. A very good interested to see the form Sanaa used, have not heard of it...I love how open you are to trying new forms, Sanaa.

      1. Thank you so much Sherry, I enjoy trying out new forms and expanding my writing skills :D

    8. A topic that can go so many different ways - thanks for another challenge. Happy Wednesday to wonderful poets!

    9. Thank you for the prompt - it's given me a chance to work with and process my acceptance of a loved one's illness,which was diagnosed last week.

    10. This was a challenging topic but was fun to write about. Hope you all have a great week.

    11. Susan thank you for the prompt, it seemed to come at a perfect time? xoxoxo

    12. Martin Niemoeller's quote is a favourite. Good to hear you are recovering well from your op Susan. Looking forward to your return.

    13. Susan,

      I hope you are feeling an improvement after your recent surgery. Sending my best wishes to you....
      I wrote my poem about acceptance and then forgot to link it here...Now fixed!!

    14. Better late than never, I trust! :-) Good prompt, Susan; thanks for setting it up.


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