Loveless Drought

Once fertile soil is cause to pout,
devoid of fruit, despite my toil –
withering leaves in loveless drought.

Does your heart reap in other soil?
I’ll worm out truth, cast away doubt.


In exactly 33 words, use this definition of the word, “worm”:

3 : to obtain or extract by artful or insidious questioning or by pleading, asking, or persuading —usually used with out of

Inspired by the writing prompt at Trifecta.


About ewdupler

Gene is an avid outdoorsman, loves reading and is known to put pen to paper (well, he types) as an amateur poet.
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9 Responses to Loveless Drought

  1. Grace Black says:

    Lovely poetry in 33 words!

  2. whimsygizmo says:

    This is so well done, Gene. To use so few words, with rhyme so effectively wielded…NOT easy. By far one of my favorites this week.

  3. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Love the line ‘does your heart reap in other soil’, and the idea in it. Great poem.

  4. Nandie says:

    I very much like this! Have to agree about the line “does your heart reap in other soil?” Love the last line as well.

  5. Quickstepp says:

    My fave so far. The imagery of a worm in soil was delightful in combination with the use of the 3rd definition of worm. Sad, but lovely.

  6. Martha B says:

    This is awesome. I like when poetry doesn’t feel forced or contrived, and the fact that you pulled this off under such strict guidelines is impressive.

  7. stankmeaner says:

    Wow, that was really great, well done.

  8. Such a sad metaphor. Nicely done. Thanks for linking up.

  9. TNT says:

    Nice prose, great rhythm, complete, and nuanced. A nice piece of poetry. Good work.

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