Wordle #87

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gift

Image from the Internet

A Material Gift to Honor the Man

Who Did not Collect Material Gifts

List made

Checked twice

At the top

A gift for you

With glassy eyes I stare

At the milky blank space

Where the gift should be written

No idea…

There is no word for lack of it

Fold and unfold the paper

Wrinkled and torn like a photo

By the Starns twins

Palms itch

Idea after idea rushes to be rejected

None seem right

I listen to the songs of the season and sigh

Holiday load would be lightened

If only a slick idea

Would materialize

Christmas morning will be tragic

For lack of gift to give

Snow is expected

Visability low

Note:  Sometimes it is not the buying of the gift at the shopping mall, but the idea of the perfect gift to give.  The holiday has become one big “potlatch.”  And we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to find that perfect gift.  I selected the image of the book, The Gift, one of my favorites.    And Merry Christmas to all…….

22 thoughts on “Sunday December 15, 2012 Wordle #87

  1. Perhaps the perfect gift is that you will be there in the morning..I hadn’t heard of ‘potlatch’ before..what a lovely word..a gift for me..the book looks interesting too..happy Sunday to you Jae x

    1. Funny I don’t think I was really writing about a gift, but that is what happens with the wordle. A potlatch is a Native American tradition, especially in the Northwest. Competing Chiefs tried to out do each other with the gifts, and expected reciprocation.. The Canadian government had to make it against the law (I’m not sure why?)

      The book is very interesting, and I would like to read the update.

      It snowed yesterday,and transformed the landscape, all is beautiful. The sun is shinning, and everything sparkles.

      Hope you are feeling good for the holidays. Annell Livingston HC 74 Box 21860 El Prado, NM 87529

      annell@taosnet.com http://www.annelllivingston.com http://www.somethingsithinkabout-annell-annell.blogspot.com https://annellannell.wordpress.com http://www.geoform.net

      1. I think I am beige rather than shinning and sparkling..but that can be like a blanket that is needed..it’s funny these words we get given..I wonder if they allow us to think/write in a way we might not have..or if they may have found their way in at some time anyway..Sunday hugs back x

      2. This cannot be! For one so creative must be a bright color, like a Christmas Tree. I have a favorite little blanket, it is very old, very warm and very snuggly, I have mended it many times, when the moths had taken a light lunch. It is a beautiful blue, red, and many other colors. It was woven in Ireland many years ago. The wool is scratchy, but I still like it best. So beautiful is my blanket, like you.

        Yes, sometimes when I am waiting on the early words, and thinking ahead to the write. I think I have nothing in my head, and nothing to say that is why I like the wordle because you have to work with words you might have never chosen. I like to see what I do with them. I surprise myself, I think you are right about the “think/write in a way we might not have” I’m not sure if they may have found their way in at some time anyway? Interesting thought. It may be true.

        xoxoxo Annell Livingston HC 74 Box 21860 El Prado, NM 87529

        annell@taosnet.com http://www.annelllivingston.com http://www.somethingsithinkabout-annell-annell.blogspot.com https://annellannell.wordpress.com http://www.geoform.net

      3. Jae I went through your last emailslooking for the one, where you said something about the “words we get,” referring to prompts. And that maybe they weren’t really random. I repeated something about that to another poet, and she loved it, and thought maybe that was true? Maybe the words aren’t really random, but meant just for you. Fate, or chance?

        I want to think that is is truebecause of how different, or unique each person responds to the “words.”

        Hope today is good for you! xoxoxoxoxo Annell Livingston HC 74 Box 21860 El Prado, NM 87529

        annell@taosnet.com http://www.annelllivingston.com http://www.somethingsithinkabout-annell-annell.blogspot.com https://annellannell.wordpress.com http://www.geoform.net

  2. I have to confess that I gave up long ago waiting for slick gift ideas to materialize. It just puts too much pressure on me. If I could, I would ignore the season entirely. Grinch? Maybe…

    The Day’s News

    1. Actually there is so much wonder in this world, I don’t really have a problem finding a gift, but I know there are people who do. And as we have gotten older, we do less each yearbut it is a choice. I keep thinking we are creating new traditions.with less. Annell Livingston HC 74 Box 21860 El Prado, NM 87529

      annell@taosnet.com http://www.annelllivingston.com http://www.somethingsithinkabout-annell-annell.blogspot.com https://annellannell.wordpress.com http://www.geoform.net

  3. There is that old joke floating around; What do you get the man who has everything? And the answers are: either a lawyer to prove where he got it, or penicillin to cure it.

    I remember one of my favorite stories is ‘The Gift of the Magi’ but the title you offer looks interesting too. No real snow here. It’s our location. We get cold, but not a lot of snow.

    Thanks for your visit. I like how the wordle lists twist from the list and grace our pages. I’ve also added to my story verse this week:
    http://julesgemsandstuff.blogspot.com/2012/12/sw-87-story-verse-living-dream.html

  4. Great wordle. I stopped worrying about giving gifts a long time ago. The real reason for why we ever have Christmas is being lost now to whole generations of ‘I wants’ So sad to think instead of being a pleasure, it has now become a nightmare. Your gift has a lot of thought behind it, and, a strong message too.
    RYN: I don’t mind the snow…I do mind having to shovel it. lol

  5. so much pressure and expectation comes with the holiday…i think the greatest gift we can give each other is our time, being together…so much magic in that…not the material but the experience….and in the end what we do give if given with heart is special…

  6. Glad to see you found how to make snow, I was wondering how it would look with your photos of Taos. Love what you did with the words and one of the reasons I keep coming back to the wordles is because I’m curious to see where everyone takes them or ends up. And I think you are right, that the older we get, the less pressure we feel to get the perfect gift. The past few years, I’ve worried more about how long it will take and how quickly it can be done. I’m not much of a Christmas person anymore.

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/last-chance-angel/

    1. Me either. But this year, I have been listening to Christmas music which I haven’t done for years. Perhaps I am softening.

      Yes, I love the wordles. I’ve wondered what would happen if I made up my own wordless, collected words?

      What if the words are not really random? What if they are supposed to come to us, and we are using them as they were meant to be used just by us alone? I wasn’t planning to write about gifts, didn’t have an idea in my head.

      I want you to know I am very grateful for you in my life. Even from a distance, you enrich my life. Thank you.

      May this Christmas by your very best Christmas yet! Annell Livingston HC 74 Box 21860 El Prado, NM 87529

      annell@taosnet.com http://www.annelllivingston.com http://www.somethingsithinkabout-annell-annell.blogspot.com https://annellannell.wordpress.com http://www.geoform.net

      1. I was thinking, just this morning, that perhaps poetry itself is a ‘last chance angel’. That the words themselves are never random, but just what we need? I really liked that idea.
        Last night, my daughter and I went to my nephew’s Christmas party. Drove through the dark streets all lit up with Christmas lights, and sang along with the carols on the radio. When we arrived, I got huge warm hugs from three of the most beautiful men I know. Now that’s Christmas, yes? My wish for you is that your holidays will be filled with soft laughter and warm love.

        Elizabeth

  7. I am pretty much a bah, humbug! person myself, Annell. Christmas has become such a commercial overrated time of year. I look forward to a nice meal with my husband and that is about it for me. Nice lighthearted write.

    I see you got the snow working 🙂

    Pamela

  8. I like this – clean and simple, what it says it what it is. we had a lovely Hannukah this year, with lots of friends to share in our holiday traditions, and share yummy food (I’ll be cleaning for a week). have a Merry Christmas, and remember, the perfect gift is always Love!

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