January 14, 2011

The L - Word

We are
afraid
of words

Some said
only in
shorthand:

The "C-word"
The "F-word"
The "N-word"

Afraid of
Candy
or
Freedom
or
Night ?

& I thought
what of
"L-words"?

Lace
leading
the list
Logic
last

Life
Lilacs
Languish

But listen
when a
Lover's
lips say
the "L-word"

Love ?
Lust ?
or just
Longing ?

[Written in response to the weekly prompt on Big Tent Poetry, like a double somersault on the trapeze or sticking your head in the lion's mouth, only more dangerous.]

8 comments:

caroleesherwood said...

L word = lovely!

barbara said...

nice. This old Liberal likes it.

vivinfrance said...

Just brilliant.

flaubert said...

This so perfect for the prompt.
Pamela

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderful response to the prompt - enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek look at words.

twitches said...

A very unique take on the prompt. love it!

Laurie Kolp said...

Lively and lucid..."L" is a lovely choice... I used it, too.

deb said...

adore candy as a c-word... and the rifting ells at the end. thanks for putting your own head in the mouth!