Prefix, or: Excursus

A ‘Garland’ Shadorma

please don't pre-
empt your conception
of thorny
ideas
before taking a moment
to reflect on them

do you con-
tend you can under-
take the most
difficult
challenges put before you?
what of poetry?

challenging
for people to with-
stand all con-
tradictions
put before them on journeys
from birth to decease

do you feel
simply overwhelmed
with the pre-
cepts and ex-
igencies of this mortal
coil to which we're bound?

lately, I
have been wondering:
how does one
avoid in-
tensive, infernally con-
centrated hardships?

expression
through verse, tortuous
though such may
be, provides
release and respite from dumb-
founding conundrums

please don't pre-
tend you can under- 
stand all con-
cepts and ex-
tensive, infernally con-
founding conundrums

‘Garland’ Shadorma?

The ‘Garland’ Shadorma was created by Sylvia Cognac, modeled after the ‘Garland’ Cinquain. Essentially, it is a Shadorma series of seven stanzas, with the seventh and final stanza being composed of lines from all six previous stanzas.


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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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62 thoughts on “Prefix, or: Excursus”

  1. This is the second time I read this. I’m still very curious about the use of “infernal”. You have such strong word control that I know you did this on purpose.

    1. Mark, what do you mean, exactly?

      “Infernal” is like “hellish”, isn’t it?

      Also, according to the dictionary, the common, informal definition is: “irritating and tiresome (used for emphasis).” – for example, in the sentence: “you’re an infernal nuisance”

      So, if a hardship is intensive and infernally concentrated, as I attempted (maybe poorly) to describe it… it’s very, very very difficult and even overwhelming in how heavily it bears down upon one…

      Sincerely,
      David

        1. well, the word in the poem is a descriptor for “hardships”, but people can certainly cause or even be hardships for one another…

          are you asking what kind of hardships other people have caused me that would lead me to describe them as infernal?

  2. Wonderful work David!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I invite you to come read my OLN offering tonight on my site โ€” and to experience my wife Kathyโ€™s profound love affair with nature, which is currently hampered by her newly discovered cancer. She goes into the UW Fred Hutch Cancer Center April 22nd for a multi-hour regimen of robotics surgery on her neck and throat area. Post Op will put her in ICU for Four days. Please keep Kathy, my love, in your thoughts. Thank youโ€ฆ โœŒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿผโฃ๏ธ

  3. โœplease don’t pre- tend you can under- stand all con- cepts and ex- tensive, infernally con- founding conundrumsโœ

    It’s far to heavy a burden to fool oneself
    Sit back and listen to others
    A messenger always arrives
    This is a promise.

  4. โœexpression through verse, tortuous though such may be, provides release and respite from dumb- founding conundrumsโœ

    I believe you.
    Work of art has an array of meanings
    So too the reader, by the the poetic fire we are refined.

  5. โœlately, I have been wondering: how does one avoid in- tensive, infernally con- centrated hardships?โœ

    We were born to dance
    And beat the drum
    Tap our feet and sway our hips
    And dance
    Play the music and dance

  6. โœdo you feel simply overwhelmed with the pre- cepts and ex- igencies of this mortal coil to which we’re bound?โœ
    A lot of times, yet we must persevere and withstand
    We can only leave this mortal body at the appointed time.

  7. โœchallenging for people to with- stand all con- tradictions put before them on journeys from birth to decease โœ

    Guilty, and aching for breaking and not trusting God in difficult times, when in fact He is my rock.

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