Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Unity

UNITY, a new interactive public art project created in response to the divisiveness and negative rhetoric in American politics.

 “We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business;
we are each other's magnitude and bond.”
“Pit race against race, religion against religion,
prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer!
We must not let that happen here.”
“I felt knowledge and the unity of the world
circulate in me like my own blood.”

Sculpture "Unity" at Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma LCCN2010720603.tif
 "Unity" Sculpture at Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Midweek Motif ~ Unity

Is there anything that doesn't work better with Unity?
As a principle of design, unity: "occurs when all of
the elements of a piece combine to make a balanced,
harmonious, complete whole. Unity is another of those
hard-to-describe art terms but, when it's present,
your eye and brain are pleased to see it."

Dis                 u

i                                                     ty

Your Challenge: In a new poem, bring diverse or disparate entities into unity.  

Excerpt from The Anti-Suffragists

Fashionable women in luxurious homes,
With men to feed them, clothe them, pay their bills,
Bow, doff the hat, and fetch the handkerchief;
Hostess or guest, and always so supplied
With graceful deference and courtesy;
Surrounded by their servants, horses, dogs, —
These tell us they have all the rights they want.

Successful women who have won their way
Alone, with strength of their unaided arm,
Or helped by friends, or softly climbing up
By the sweet aid of ‘woman’s influence’;
Successful any way, and caring naught
For any other woman’s unsuccess, —
These tell us they have all the rights they want.
. . . .  (Read the rest of this amazing poem HERE.)


So much from God
That I can no longer
A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,
A Buddhist, a Jew.
The Truth has shared so much of Itself
With me
That I can no longer call myself
A man, a woman, an angel,
Or even pure
Love has
Befriended Hafiz so completely
It has turned to ash
And freed
Of every concept and image
My mind has ever known.

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and then visit others in the spirit of the community.

( Next week Sumana’s Midweek Motif will be ~ Change)


  1. a lovely one Susan, enjoyed much :)

  2. Thank you for another midweek jolt - as ever we come a little off centre but good to join in!

  3. Good morning, sweet Sumana and Jae and all of the Poets United! Thank you for your words. I attempted a sestina this week, which is undone (both the week and the poem), and so am trying something simpler to post later today. Meanwhile, you brighten a grey cold rainy morning here near Philadelphia, PA, USA.

    (Funny how I didn't think of Poets or States when "unity" insisted on being a motif!)

  4. 'Unity' seems an appropriate theme for Poets United! :-)
    Have a good week, everybody!

  5. Hello everyone,

    Hope you guys are having an amazing day so far ❤️ sharing my poem "Capriccio" thank you Susan as ever for inspiring us all.

    Lots of love,

  6. Yes, a timely prompt. We need unity as never before. And, in response, the people are on the move. Thanks, Susan, for hosting. We are having downpours here, West Coast winter weather, better than the cold and snow.

  7. Thank you, Susan for beautiful prompt. It took me on a journey, and the release was simple 'rumination'...:)

  8. Luv that poem The Red Wheelbarrow

    Happy Midweek to all

    much love...

  9. It seemed so quiet yesterday! But I enjoyed the signs and definitions and gathering of Unity here. I think I'll check into Unity more often.

  10. I'm here way too late to post but wanted to say hello and check in. I read a few of the recent posts they were wonderful! I'm working on next Wednesday's poem so I can Link on time and participate.

    Have a nice weekend!! Hugs!


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