Cave of sWords


Shall we hide them
away, these mightier things,
en garde, thrust into dark corners?
Would they shatter, really,
into a million crystal shards
if we only showed them
the light of day?

And even
if they did,
wouldn’t each
perhaps speak
a piece of the story,
reflect Your glory?



Check out Hannah’s awesome prompt over at Toads today. For me, watching a portion of the video called to mind sharp and powerful beauty, dangerous things hidden away. 








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7 Responses to Cave of sWords

  1. Jim says:

    Nice thoughts, De. 🙂 It reminds me of the icicle I brought into the house the other day, about 20 inches long. It broke into shards when I sat it down too hard across the sink.

    Robots gone wild? I liked the YouTube rendering. It does go against the 1942 Robot Laws, promoted by Isaac Asimov and later expanded upon by others, including a couple of commissions:

    “The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or Three Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The rules were introduced in his 1942 short story “Runaround”, although they had been foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. The Three Laws are:
    1.A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    2.A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3.A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.” (from Wikipedia)

  2. Grace says:

    Would they shatter? – I like the questioning format ~ I read that with rising water, all the crystals might just fade away into the sea ~ perhaps seeing the piece or glimmer of the Light might be a good thing ~

  3. Wow, Grace’s comment is interesting about the rising waters maybe covering them – I guess then they would join all the other otherworldly beauty under the sea. I, too, like the questions posed in this poem.

  4. This reminds me of your “stars and scars” poem, and maybe another of yours that I can’t place right now – but that idea of much depth / feeling / etc being hidden and not seeing the light of day — and what would happen if / when those places are revealed.
    And isn’t it always true that revelation brings about clarity, honesty, but can also be painful as well.
    Well done!

  5. I love what you did with the title, De and the entire poem, too…what’s striking for me is the okay-ness given to breaking into all those shards reveal in your last two lines…delivered beautifully. Thank you so much for joining, De!!

  6. Helen Dehner says:

    Love the thought of shattered crystals telling stories …

  7. So beautiful….I always fear what will happen when humans intervene

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