Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Blame"- a poem after Dickinson's "Answer July"

Today’s directive from Imaginary Garden With Real Toads: Using not more than 100 words, compose a query in the style of Emily Dickinson’s "Answer July"…

Oh boy. This ain’t a-gonna be easy.

Okay, here goes.


Tell me, Man:
Wherefore art thou –
Wherefore so vain –
Wherefore fickle?

Came back Man:
Wherefore to you –
Wherefore do you reign –
Wherefore the sickle?
Tell. Do tell.

First – said Death:
Witness genocide –
Witness murder –
Witness war!

Grumbled War:
Who hones the blade?
Who leads the charge?
Who pulls the trigger?
Man, answered Death.

Imaginary Garden With Real Toads


  1. Most brilliant.. indeed, isn't death and man almost the same?

  2. Yes indeed!
    'Who hones the blade?
    Who leads the charge?
    Who pulls the trigger?'
    Great take on the prompt!

  3. This prompt put you on a dark path. Were you watching the news? It is always so dismal. Interesting write.

  4. Wow!!! a stunner, a deeply provocative response, well done

    much love...

  5. Well, you nailed it! And your message is pretty clear.

  6. Wow! War is always bleeding the news. I agree you made your point! Well done.