Sunday, August 23, 2009

One Single Impression: Allow -- An Acrostic

Not allowed:

Allow is a word I don't like.
Leave this be you need my permit.
Left hand lane for passing only .
Oral or print, mostly spoken;
Words of no I have come to hate.

Allow is a word of control.
Let me tell you one time, you can't ...
Like you have a brain, then use it.
Oral, spewed from demeaning mouth,
Words, wanting cruel authority.

I can't allow that.

Copyright © 2009 Jimmiehov
All Rights Reserved

Find more poems at One Single Impression
"Allow" as prompt,
suggested by Neha Sahi of
Tea Leaves 'n Honey

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At Saturday, August 22, 2009 9:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I went to OSI and didn't see the new prompt... you must have an inside track! Or I am sadly blind, lol.

What an intriguing mix of words you've created with "Allow." I had to look up what acrostic meant... aren't you clever?

Thanks for this very interesting take on the prompt. I've read it a few times now, and seem to get something new from it each time...

At Saturday, August 22, 2009 10:01:00 PM, Anonymous zoya gautam said...

.. great thoughts jim ..

many thanks for sharing them ..

At Saturday, August 22, 2009 10:27:00 PM, Blogger Amias said...

You are right Jim, I do read OSI, even when I don't participate. Especially you and a few others who I have so much respect and love for ... as you all are so down to earth and I particularly enjoy your comments on everyone's poetry --- there is not one time that I can recall that you have not hit me dead on ... in your understanding of what I try and impart .. or share.

As for the word "allow", it's like a paradox, there are times when its use gets no respect from me, others time I think it is quite useful, based on how it is used, and as long as it is used with respect.

For instance, Oh yes, I saw the pictures of the precious one .. and, yes dear Jim, allow me to give you my belated congratulations and good wishes --- you have a beautiful family dear friend.

At Sunday, August 23, 2009 2:48:00 AM, Blogger Greyscale Territory said...

Lovely disection of the pros and cons of allow!

At Sunday, August 23, 2009 2:57:00 AM, Blogger spacedlaw said...

Another good clever take (and more acrostics).

At Sunday, August 23, 2009 3:35:00 AM, Blogger anthonynorth said...

Excellently done, and I loved the irony at the end.

At Sunday, August 23, 2009 6:53:00 AM, Blogger Loch Rob said...

Nice interpretation of the prompt Jim. I liked them both.

At Sunday, August 23, 2009 11:03:00 AM, Blogger if said...

you are assertive Jim!

At Sunday, August 23, 2009 12:46:00 PM, Blogger Tammie Lee said...

I like your take on allow, for it is so different than I considered.

At Sunday, August 23, 2009 2:23:00 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Powerful words, Jim. I struggled with this prompt -- you're right "allow" is such a negative word reeking of power. Like the little twist at the end.

thanks for all you comments and enthusiasm for the mural!

At Sunday, August 23, 2009 11:42:00 PM, Blogger Tammie Lee said...

If I could have emailed you I would have... no address. I was not going in order..death, friend. For some reason thought it would be fun to put friend after death.... no time... no order
thanks for your visit!

At Monday, August 24, 2009 4:50:00 AM, Blogger SandyCarlson said...

Power and control and the abuse by people who wield these things are the dark sides of allow. I like the image you chose!

At Monday, August 24, 2009 11:40:00 AM, Anonymous The Dark Lord said...

A great pleasure it is, as usual, to read your wonderful work... Wise words there, that send a strong message.. specially the contradiction between a mundane allowance, as opposed to the merits of free, thoughtful, conscious and well deliberated act!

At Monday, August 24, 2009 12:16:00 PM, Blogger Maggie said...

As a child we are taught many things we are allowed to do and other things we are not allowed to do.

As mature adults, I do believe we have a right to make more judgements of our own .. and at times, do our best to erase some of our childhood teachings.

At Monday, August 24, 2009 7:45:00 PM, Blogger Amias said...

Click Here to read my response to your comment .. just a little dialogue as we ride alone.

I think you for waking me up this wee, as I have been sleeping too much.

At Monday, August 24, 2009 8:40:00 PM, Blogger Tumblewords: said...

An interesting couple! And the image is clever!

At Monday, August 24, 2009 8:43:00 PM, Blogger Patti said...

Hi Jim! I love acrostics and you nailed this! Thanks for the info on my link...who knows why things happen in bloggerland but they do. So you are a retired teacher...I did not know that? What grade level/ subject area? I envy your retirement- I don't see that in my future at all soon- this will be my 27th year in special ed (in Jan.)- Yikes!!!

At Monday, August 24, 2009 11:42:00 PM, Blogger Andrée said...

What a poem! I love it. I never thought of "allow" as control but you are totally right. This gives me new things to think about as I read the others.

At Tuesday, August 25, 2009 1:54:00 PM, Blogger Poetikat said...

The last line is the best. Good work!


At Tuesday, August 25, 2009 3:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that makes a lot of sense!

great way of looking at it..


i and april are two different poeple!April told me, we confused you!


At Tuesday, August 25, 2009 3:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you want to do link exchane with us at tslp?


At Tuesday, August 25, 2009 3:36:00 PM, Blogger Beloved Haiku Dreams said...

Jim my friend, I like your words very much and the picture is great. Well done.


At Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:25:00 PM, Blogger Quiet Paths said...

So creative here Jim! I agree about the passing lane .... but I have one questions...

did you put the toilet seat down?

At Tuesday, August 25, 2009 9:39:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Q.P, this was the first comment that mentioned the toilet.
It is in a Colorado State on the banks of the Arkansas River. Just below is a river rafting launch business.

The lid? The bottom one is built down, the top one goes up or down.
The picture was taken in a men's rest room, I suppose they could just have well never put a lid there. :-)

At Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:35:00 PM, Blogger Jeeves said...

Lovely post and interesting photo!


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