Wholly Human

Sunday Whirl 7-12-15

there’s a spell called branding
that you alone decide to cast

not witches
although you’ve branded them too

and caused much pain
like the sting of a scorpion

turn your ear
but not a blind eye to branding

you don’t need a crystal ball
to know its heartbreak

hunt for and resurrect your personhood
leave branding to corporations

they brand everything
from dolls to werewolves

if you must brand yourself
brand yourself wholly human

I’m writing this morning for The Sunday Whirl.  The words this week are indeed a challenge. Words I would not have used and a poem I would not have written, otherwise.
And that is exactly why I enjoy The Whirl…it challenges my creativity!

I surprised myself by how long it has been since I posted a poem.  I’ve written poems, participated in creative challenges, and read poetry around town.  But I felt most of the poems I’d written through the winter and spring were too personal for the internet, at least for now.


About Sabra Bowers

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27 Responses to Wholly Human

  1. This is a great call to action. Glad to have you whirling, Sabra!

  2. Mama Pajama says:

    I like this take on the words, nicely done. and I like what you wrote after the poem, as well. that’s the same reason I do the Whirl, and the truth behind my writing this week!

  3. claudia says:

    wholly human – that is def. the best branding i can think of… with all it’s power and with all its weaknesses..

  4. This is the best branding possible.. I think wholly human is the best thing to be.

  5. I love where the words carried you, Sabra. Sometimes we need a jolt to the writing hand and a regular prompt like the Sunday Whirl is just what is needed. Yay 🙂

  6. Pamela says:

    I too, love, wholly human, Sabra. You did an excellent job with some very difficult words. Glad to be with you writing at the whirl.

    Pamela ox

  7. Cathy says:

    Great piece 🙂 You did a good job stepping up to teh challenge.

    That’s why I love to give Brenda list of words now and then. I do choose words that most people wouldn’t use in a poem Yea- I’m bad and very proud of it too. 8|

  8. The last 2 lines – a winning final flourish pulling all the images together..

  9. veronicabalfourpaul says:

    Yesw, we strive to be wholly human.

  10. Jae Rose says:

    Yes – that is the best brand to have..and we carry the branding in many forms..scars, wrinkles..headaches and poems!

  11. C.C. says:

    I agree, Sabra, these words were particularly challenging and the Sunday Whirl is such a great jolt to our creativity. I love where the words took you….what a great message 🙂

  12. Rebecca Watson says:

    Love this, the message that we’ve all felt the pain of being labelled, and that being wholly human means embracing our true selves and others fully, as unique and important individuals.

    • Sabra Bowers says:

      Yes, indeed, that is being wholly human, Becky. Embracing our whole self is important work. When we do it for ourselves, we gain the compassion to do it for others. I appreciate you and your visit. 🙂

  13. vivachange77 says:

    Wonderful poetry. I’m delighted to meet you.Thanks for visiting my blog and following.

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