Platitudes

Frost
permeates
throughout,
its tentacles
of ice
preventing
us to dance.

A dullness
accompanies
this plague,
a migraine that
thuds and
bellows
oblivion.

Plodding
along, our
feet leaden,
our thinking
caustic and
sickened
by the erosion
of our being,
opaque rime lingers

Creeping
ever so slowly,
a provocative
drama is being
played out.
The elected
actors merely
puppets of a
higher power.
(A higher
power…not a
power looking
out for our best
interests.)

An avalanche
of platitudes
has taken
our warmth,
our quickness,
our life force,
our Source.

Karin Gustafson invites us to dig deep into metaphors over a dVerse Poets:  http://dversepoets.com/2014/09/11/meeting-the-bar-following-through-on-metaphor/

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  1. Great capture. We’re being served up the worst – the very worst in representatives. Who besides glory lusters would run for office in this malignant world of defamation and slander. I don’t know how or if we can preserve this democracy. It’s cracking up without help from terrorists unless you count journalists as such.

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    • Yes, our past actions have created what we have now. And I totally agree, only “glory lusters” could possibly want to be in political office. Ugh! What in the world is going to happen to us…

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  2. I can’t stand the political drama when the actors are mere puppets ~ I feel the deep sadness & frustration in your verses ~ This is a lovely response Gayle ~

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  3. The paralyzing qualities of platitudes so well described here. Agh ! Thanks. K.

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  4. Funny that I’m sitting here with a migraine reading this, I really should get off the computer. Great write.

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  5. So much, it seems, is expressed in an avalanche of platitudes. Really doesn’t help solve anything, does it?

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  6. An “avalanche of platitudes” indeed! Your use of frozen metaphors truly capture the political climate & current state of our being here. Well done.

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  7. really hard to trust anyone

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  8. Avalanche of platitudes – that’s a dreadful thing.. And politics are sticky with that plague,, love the word choices..

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  9. it is sad when that happens… seen too many of them in the political landscape as well.. and those who really have passion for what they do use it in the wrong way

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    • Somehow we have to be able to choose from some worthy candidates…but where are they? Thanks for adding your voice here, Claudia.

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  10. The trouble is not seeming to have a choice as to what dance we want to dance..too much power in such places that our voices aren’t enough…there are those who fight for peace..I think they are becoming more united but with a long way to go… very good write ..

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    • I’m encouraged by your words, Kathy. Yes, there are lots of people on the peace wagon…maybe we need to put our focus there instead of on the negative slant.

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  11. It is a drama all playing out. Too bad the public will never know what is slander or what truth may be, funny how some of this stuff fades after an election, or other events. What no news people have been cleared, or a mistake was made. Wars, who is the right side? What is considered murder? Collateral damage will be the kidnapped ones? Or rumors were so rampant that they became fact. FYI Mama Cass never choked to death on her sandwich either!

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    • You bring up some very good points. We tend to “forget” what’s not right in our faces these days. And I do know too that Mama Cass did not choke to death on (I think) a ham sandwich. How in the world do these rumors get started?!

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  12. Glenn Buttkus

     /  September 12, 2014

    Half-truths, lies, manipulation, cajoling, forcing us to bend this way & that; ever it has been so, for our “elected” officials soon are caught up in personal agendas, or hand outs from lobbyists. Democracy is a flawed entity, & yet it trumps the alternatives that surround us, shock us, move us to action. Excellent take on the prompt.

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    • Thank you, Glenn…I always appreciate your well thought out comments. It may trump the alternatives out there but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep improving. We are sadly slipping…down an avalanche.

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  13. This is excellent. I thought of politicians but I also thought of superficial, artificial, shallow relationships and conversations full of platitudes that warm no one.

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  14. I’m pretty sure you were writing about my last full blown relationship. Well written and poignant

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  15. An avalanche of platitudes……..perfect!

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  16. if only people would vote their conscience

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  17. I tend to agree with Glenn. It certainly isn’t perfect and can often make us feel as you describe, but it’s better than the alternatives. I think we can all try to make a difference at the smaller level (local, state) and either run or try to support people we believe in. I go through times when I feel as you do, but if we give up, it can only get worse.

    janet

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    • I think it’s gotten to the point that I don’t approve of any of the choices I have to vote for…I don’t care which party they’re representing. I feel more and more that it’s come down to the individual…meaning “me” and that I just have to try and stay as positive as possible. Thanks for adding your voice here, Janet.

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      • On an entirely different note, I haven’t seen you around for ages, so I’m glad for the chance to catch up slightly. I hope all else is well in your world.

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        • I had been off my blog for an extended time but have been posting again in recent weeks trying to get back into the game. Still watching the granddaughter three days a week…consumed by her sweetness. :) Hope all is going well in your world too, Janet. Thanks for noticing my absence!

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  18. You capture the hopelessness of powerlessness so well. Pain, being stuck, being buried alive by the avalanche of platitudes–meaningless, yet so destructive.

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  19. So much truth in this, Gayle. Well done.
    Karen is top-notch, eh? I like her work too.

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