Lisolia, or: Anaphasia

A double acrostic poem

Reflections in Arabic tea:
Much has Jerusalem seen
Land endowed in ancient times with a divine aura
Israel lay between three continents on clover map
Sovereignty won and lost; so too ~ prevailing myth
Over centuries, she heard many a heartrending plea
Love for Homeland of yore etched into Jews’ hearts
Indeed, lifetimes of yearning for each hill and wadi
A nation’s dream realized and rent apart by dogma


  • Anaphasia: the fear that your society is breaking apart into factions that have nothing left in common with each other.
  • Lisolia: the satisfaction of things worn down by time, broken in baseball mitts, the shiny snout of a lucky bronze pig, or footprints ground deep into floorboards by generations of kneeling monks.

d’Verse poetics prompt

‘The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’

Today’s d’Verse prompt is to select one or more of ten specifically assigned words from ‘The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’ to write a poem. For the full list of ten words, click here.

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122 thoughts on “Lisolia, or: Anaphasia”

  1. David,
    A double acrostic to suit the ironies: dogma and dreams, Arabic tea and a clover map, myths and homelands all bound up in undeniable yearnings. Heartrending. Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, of all Israel, and its peace.

  2. The last line makes this poem. All I can think of when I hear the word Israel now is blood. That is truly sad. I love the acrostic form, as well, and those two words suit perfectly.

    1. โค Thanks, HW โค

      The truth is that the media sensationalizes the news…
      More people die in Israel from car accidents than terrorism and military actions… but that's boring to report on abroad.

      All best,

  3. Wow. This is wonderful. The story, the inclusion of two of the words from Linda’s prompt AND a double acrostic. (Also the perfect image, which features within the poem)!

  4. This was quite brilliantly written, and superbly crafted in form David. You pulled the two โ€œobscureโ€ terms together wonderfully my friend, Bravo!

        1. “Israel lay between three continents on clover map”

          Wow! You really nailed this one David.
          Bravo for form, imagery, issues


  5. Oh my goodness this is brilliant! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ You should be very proud of yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

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