Inner Violets

Inner cupboards of violets,
Traits of impatiens –

Urgent, wild panic
carried on squawking wings.

Touch the umbrage.
Then take back the lie.

Head hung,
entrails pricked,
remnants wrapped with corporeality.

Discovered. Relief.


Trifecta came up with an interesting new challenge for the Weekend Trifextra this go-round. A new twist on taking someone else’s writing without it being considered plagiarism! ha!

“This weekend we are playing another type of word game with you.  Below are photos from the 33rd page of one of our very favorite books, Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge.  What we want you to do is to scour the page (click to enlarge), choose 33 words, and reshape those words into a piece of your own.  Your piece does not have to tell an entire story.  We just want to see what you can do with this particular word bank.  Punctuation is up to you.  Use whatever you need, whether or not it appears in the photos.”

I certainly hope what I brought to you has meaning and does tell a story, as story-telling (the good kind, of course!) is one of my favorite things to do! 🙂            -jody



17 thoughts on “Inner Violets

    • The image was an “afterthought” – a depiction I stumbled across that I thought brought appropriate conveyance to what I was trying to express. Glad you enjoyed it – and that you let me know you “got” the connection. 🙂

  1. Take back the lie, that got me too – once you confess you feel the relief – she or is it a he is sorry. At least that’s what I interpret… I like it.

  2. You know that you have a hit on your hands when everyone comments about the same thing. I believe it is best to make good on a lie, too. I, also, think your photo competes with your poem for brilliance. Can’t imagine the garden that accompanies either. 🙂

    • Thank you, Tom. Your comments are always rich in encouragement and insight, so I value them greatly. I so wish I could give my readers more information on that incredible photo, just as I’d like to have it for myself. I felt very fortunate to have come across it and credited it to the extent I was able.

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