Wordle 78

Dear Wordlers,

Thank Marianne McNamara from *elle ecrit* for this week’s words.  She sent them to us from a poem she found in the Writer’s Almanac.

See you soon,

Brenda

 
Shifting the Sun
by Diana Der-Hovanessian
When your father dies, say the Irish,
you lose your umbrella against bad weather.
May his sun be your light, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the Welsh,
you sink a foot deeper into the earth.
May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the Canadians,
you run out of excuses. May you inherit
his sun, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the French,
you become your own father.
May you stand up in his light, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the Indians,
he comes back as the thunder.
May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the Russians,
he takes your childhood with him.
May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the English,
you join his club you vowed you wouldn’t.
May you inherit his sun, say the Armenians.

When your father dies, say the Armenians,
your sun shifts forever.
And you walk in his light.

“Shifting the Sun” by Diana Der-Hovanessian, from Selected Poems. © Sheep Meadow Press, 1994. 

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27 comments on “Wordle 78

  1. Mr. Walker says:

    Very late, but here.

  2. Veronica Roth says:

    Wow Brenda, I always copy and paste the words from the FB and rarely read the founding poem and other’s whirls before I’ve written one because I’ve got such a butterfly brain, but when I do read it all I’m so surprised that many of the themes are so similar. Like the loss of a father in this one. Cool! (not the loss of a father…just the themes…oh gods…better shut up now) :)

  3. Veronica Roth says:

    Ack! I know, I know, it’s Thursday. Would have been sorry to miss working with these great words though. Life…eh? :) http://veronicaroth.com/?p=2042

  4. Better late than never, I guess. Good words. Thanks for the inspiration.

    http://paulatohlinecalhoun1951.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/what-of-it/

    • Veronica Roth says:

      Yay Walt, I’m feeling a bit better that some others took their time too. That way I don’t look too bad! :)

  5. Stan Ski says:

    Hi… remember me.?
    Long overdue, I know but returning to the fold… expect more from me..
    Missed all of this…

  6. seingraham says:

    Inspiring words and poem … happily, as not much else has been coming to me … thanks Marianne, and brenda

    http://leapinelephants.blogspot.ca/2012/10/to-become-light.html

  7. I salute you, Brenda. Great writing on a tough collection of words. Mine is up.

  8. I had to spend quite a while working on the poem in answer to this wordle. Umbrella threw me out of sync, but I hope you will like my invention… http://hopefuljo.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/365-creativity-project-day-279/

  9. pmwanken says:

    Hello, all. I got to these words more quickly than I feared I would, as I prepare to head out of town. Thank you Brenda, for the weekly forum, and Marianne, for this week’s words! :) ~Paula

  10. My poem is on Marianv.b.og.co.uk

  11. PJF Sayers says:

    Hopefully something will come to me, I am down with the flu. I will make the rounds to read others regardless. Happy Sunday to all.

    Pamela

  12. Mama Pajama says:

    interesting poem…my little snippet has some light in it, too.

  13. brenda w says:

    Enjoy your Sunday. I haven’t attempted the words yet, but will give them a go at some point today. If the words bear fruit for me today, I’ll start my rounds later. Have a great morning, and thanks again for the words, Marianne.

  14. teri says:

    Thank you Brenda- xo

  15. Grateful for the poem and words…poetry to read this A.M. Smiles!

  16. JulesPaige says:

    http://julesgemsandstuff.blogspot.com/2012/10/sunday-whirl-78-new-recruit.html

    Thank you Marianne and Brenda, I have found a home for this list of Wordles in my continuing story. Enjoy.

  17. That’s a great poem Brenda. I suppose we all look at it differently when a parent dies. I like that you walk in their light, I believe that.
    Have a good Sunday everyone.

  18. Irene says:

    Marianne, an inspiring poem indeed.

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