Written for: The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #294
Words: single, grin, slack, trim, shell, handle, strap, can, undo, live, vent, cheer
She is venting, a trim single
woman, a mother, orating to loud
cheers at the band shell. Concert
For Peace has ended; all voices
are welcome to be heard. Can she
handle speaking before a crowd?
Yes, she can. She is allowed
to protest after losing two sons
to a useless conflict of non-
ending blood and death. She takes
a breath, begins a diatribe
against her government officials,
elected and appointed. Holds up
photos of grinning leaders that care
nought for her sons, only for power,
bought and sold. Cheers again.
Feeling more alive than she has
in months, she is emboldened. Cold,
stark images she paints with words
will not undo damage, old or new,
nor solve her strapped situation.
Yet, slack-jawed, her audience
sits silently waiting for truthful
words from this mother of two dead.