nirvana over politics

As Briana climbed down,
each footfall grabbed her
in jolting
knife-like murderousness.
Not only pretending.

Quick! Run!
Stop the unbridled velocity!

While xenophobes, you zealots,
are bitter charlatans,
does every fool go hard?

I just know love--
mad, needy, or poor--
quickly rebounds, soaring
unless vexed with
xanthous yellow zoster.

All Briana can do
except favoring God's hell,
is juxtapose kindness
like mystic nirvana
over politics,
quietly regarding small talk
under volcano words.

Your zaftig aura
belies celestial design
eagerly flowing
gently haranguing
in joining knowledge.

Lost men never once pondered
quiet reality.

She trusts universally,
with xena-yearning zeitgeist.

Oh, my word. This week for the Indie Ink writing challenge, my lovely friend Jason Hughes gave me this special doozy of a prompt he has been saving just for yours truly: "Starting with the letter A, every next word should start with the next letter of the alphabet. You *must* cycle the alphabet at least four times, but you may continue further...." I stopped at four, but this was fun and I would totally try it again. Thanks, Jason!


  1. WOW WOW I would not be able to do this (although you did forget 'O' in your first cycle :P)

    I'm ridiculously impressed!

    Awesome job!

    (and Jason Hughes, that was mean and amazing all at the same time - please never do that to me!! *lol*)

  2. dammit! thanks for pointing that O out, i had caught it but then had some formatting trouble and lost it again. remedied! thanks!

  3. Wow. I don't envy you. Great job!

  4. Brilliant, you're just brilliant!

  5. Very clever use of words in the order of the alphabet. I did not even notice it till I read you explaination. You poem was gripping!

  6. Wow, Marian! I can't believe you just did that. Gob-smacked over here.....

  7. TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT! hee hee.

  8. Great stuff, I loved the words you used, always making the hard choices!

  9. Marian, what you did...and it made sense even...is amazing. Poet, you are.

  10. Oh my goodness, I am so impressed. My eyes glazed over at the mere thought - and you used such difficult words. Whew! Fantastic!

  11. aw, shucks. :)
    let me tell you, there are no words starting with X that are not difficult. hah!

  12. great grab of the reader with footballs.

  13. holy... wow! i can't believe you did exactly that and it actually said something... brilliant.
    totally bow to your prowess.

  14. How how HOW did you do this!!!
    Amazing. Just amazing.
    And cohesive! :)

  15. Having been the recipient TWICE of Jason's amazing mind, this was incredibly well done, and I am SOOOOOOOOOO glad it wasn't me that had to do this this time!! Haha. I love the words you chose, how well the poem flowed, how subtly the prompt was done within it. If you didn't know the challenge, you'd never guess.


  16. Wow, what a challenge. As I was reading I was wondering about the x words. :-)

    You managed it marvellously.

  17. I am impressed! When I saw Jason's prompt I thought that's not possible… but you did it! Congrats!

  18. Wow...and then...wow (did I mention wow?)...you took this challenge and whipped it into something amazing!

  19. Well done! This was very impressive.

  20. One of your best works because of the tenacity you showed. Jason treated me qwell a few weeks ago, so I am sympathetic to this.

    I love how you made each word important. You are very talented.

  21. Wow! Great job with an incredibly difficult task! Much respect.

  22. Completely and utterly in awe of you right now, Marian. Completely. That's even beyond anything I could have expected...

    I am humbled by your talent!!

  23. oh, you. i am all in awe that you saved this for me and thought i could do it.
    and i am JUST SO MACHO that i'm thinking of doing it again.
    watch me! and you do it!
    thank you, jason. xoxoxox

  24. This was a ridiculously crazy challenge (I'm talking to you JT!) and you absolutely conquered it. Your piece was simply brilliant, well done Marian!

  25. hah! thank you.
    i'm thinking of reading this aloud in a poetry festival. FUN!


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