A Word To Live By

I received a prompt today from De Jackson at the dVerse Poets Pub.  He suggested “change” as the topic for a forty-four word quadrille.  Ha!  Who couldn’t write a book on this topic?  You might as well tell us to write about the universe.   Hard science, soft science, fiction,  car maintenance, money, childbirth, sports – the list is endless, everything deals with change.

However, there is one event that always comes to mind first when I hear this word.  My quadrille gives you the gist.  Not the facts, which are different (I now love blue eyes) longer and more colorful; full of scents, sight and sounds, high drama and angst.  But this is the essence and I’ll always be grateful to Norma Cordell, she gave me words to live by…


An Unsolicited Epiphany


“ Change or die,” she told me.

Her calm blue eyes held neither

judgement nor compassion.

I’ve never liked blue eyes.  My own

are clear, brown as hazelnuts.

Rage followed fear.   Prophecy?

Curse?  What?  Why?

She didn’t know my story.

But she was right.

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11 Responses to A Word To Live By

  1. Oh that last line… sometimes it’s even harder to take a good advice from someone you don’t like.

  2. Rage follows fear indeed 🙂 but change must come when it is the right thing to do:)

  3. Makes sense. Life is constant change; evolutions of mind and body.
    Exchange the fear and rage for acceptance.

  4. Beverly Crawford says:

    This leaves me longing for “the rest of the story”, my blue eyes looking askance! Great write.

  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    Change can be good advice.

  6. a lovely light touch to this poem – the reader is almost unsolicited eavesdropper – catching parts of conversation and piecing it all together in retrospect. The colour contrast of eyes piques the interest too.

  7. V.J. Knutson says:

    Powerful – the bluntness, the resistance, and final acceptance.

  8. Grace says:

    This begs a back story. Prophetic, I agree.

  9. Rob Kistner says:

    It is dangerous to stand too still, we become an easy target, so “change or die”…

  10. msjadeli says:

    I love every part of your poem. The title is well-chosen.

  11. whimsygizmo says:

    Prophetic, that. Well done.

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