Polly

Writings and Witterings

Multiple Choice

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This is my entry for today’s Poetics at dVerse
with Brian Miller tending bar …

Questionnaires

Climb the stairs

Take the elevator

– Options –

Moving walkway

[Airport delight]

Keep to the left

Run on the right

Choose just one

Four stabs to guess

More or less

– Choices –

Raised voices

Consequences

Apathy

– Freeze –

Possibility.

Report it

Retort it

Receive it

Conceive it

Deceive it

Retrieve it

Leave it

Be.

– Choose –

Polly Robinson © 2012

Moving Walkways at Manchester Airport

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32 thoughts on “Multiple Choice

  1. Yes! You put us directly under the pressure that’s always lurking there! Well done. k.

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  2. whew…i feel the pressure…i like the breaks at choices and freeze…the cascade affect in this def sets a wicked pace….all running through my mind in a blink of an eye…

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  3. Tension….!
    Can I phone a friend?

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  4. This is brilliant Pol, and so very true to modern life :o)

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  5. This is a great commentary on our lives Polly.

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  6. Succinctly stated verse. Life really is full of choices everywhere we turn. I always get behind the one who does NOT walk on the ‘moving walkway.’

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    • Gosh, that’s soooooo irritating, isn’t it Mary? Well, at least you’re getting your exercise – oh, hang on a mo, you’re not ‘cos you’re stuck behind … *duh!* 🙂

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  7. Fun! Almost felt like there was a timer ticking off in the last part of the poem and loved the way you wrapped about “Leave it/Be.” to draw in more than one sense of “be.”

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  8. I think you’ve captured the chaos of airport travel perfectly. Now all that’s missing is a heavy bag or two. 🙂

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  9. sometimes we have to make so many decisions in such a short time that it’s hard to keep pace..and this urgency is palpable in your poem

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  10. Hi, Polly! I’ve nominated your blog for the Kreativ Blogger Award http://davidericcummins.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/awards/

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  11. This had that freneticsm, that rushed feeling, that pressure that choice brings…the way you have written it completely drags you in as a reader, and doesn’t let you go! I’ve often felt like this! Very well done

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    • Ooh, looks like it worked …

      Apols for not commenting before, I’ve just retrieved a load of posts from the spam and yours had somehow enveigled it’s way in there!

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  12. The format works perfectly to illustrate how choices are cut and dry, one or the other.

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  13. That ending is very cool, the ultimate goal of all choices, methinks. Choice is often a matter of automatic actions which we learn via socialization/education, so to see these things spoken so consciously is indeed interesting since it gives us an idea about much that educational process conditions us.

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    • Couldn’t agree more, Chazinator, and yet … the subliminal is an extraordinary thing … some don’t recognise that choices are available methinks … *ponder, ponder, ponder*

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  14. Love the rhyme and rhythm of this. Excellent work.

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  15. all day, we walk around making choices, best to have a lot of habits, so you can actually think about things you want to think about.

    Princess Vadar

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